STC Number - 260

Requirements for quarantine treatment of aircraft

Maintained by: Chile
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2007 G/SPS/R/46 paras. 16-17
Dates subsequently raised: June 2009 (G/SPS/R/55 para. 55)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/CHL/253
Products covered: 88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Plant health
Status: Resolved
Solution: In June 2009, Argentina reported that its concern had been resolved.
Date reported as resolved: 23/06/2009

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2007, Argentina indicated that in April 2007, Chile notified the quarantine treatment of aircraft landing in Chile from areas with high levels of pests (G/SPS/N/CHL/253). Fumigation with pesticides and insecticides was required every time the aircraft required cleaning. This treatment could prevent the export of live bees from Argentina via any aircraft which landed in Chile. Argentina had conveyed their concerns to the Chilean focal point to ensure that these measures not unduly affect Argentine exports, and more specifically, that live bees not be killed by the fumigation.

Chile clarified that the measure in question corresponded to the updating of a law that had been in place since 2006, and that the amendments proposed were an attempt to facilitate rather than hinder trade. A procedural manual had been developed that included clear technical specifications to ensure proper fumigation of the aircraft. Regarding benign insects such as bees, the concentrations of insecticides would be far less than what was specified in the past. Although there was no obligation to notify this measure, Chile had chosen to demonstrate implementation of the principles of transparency by going beyond what was required. The measure had not yet entered into force and Chile was reviewing comments received from other countries. Chile would have preferred to see this issue addressed bilaterally, and informal meetings with Argentina had proceeded positively.

In June 2009, Argentina reported that its concern had been resolved. Chile confirmed that the issue had been clarified.