STC Number - 195

Restrictions on citrus

Maintained by: Barbados
Raised by: Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2004 G/SPS/R/35, para. 218
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0805 Citrus fruit, fresh or dried.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2004, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela stated that in the last two years Barbados had applied restrictions to shipments of citrus from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela without demonstrating the existence of any pests or diseases. Several bilateral consultations had taken place but a solution had not been reached. Barbados was asked to explain why these restrictions on citrus from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela continued to be applied.
Barbados stated that the actions taken were consistent with their Plant Pest and Disease Import Control Act and Article 6 of the SPS Agreement. Barbados was willing to discuss the issue further bilaterally and within the framework of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between CARICOM and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. At the last meeting both parties had agreed to allow SPS experts to visit and inspect each other's country and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela had offered to cover part of the costs. The CARICOM secretariat had since informed the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela of the experts that had been nominated but no arrangements had been put in place for the visit.