STC Number - 280

New meat import conditions

Maintained by: Indonesia
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2009 G/SPS/R/55, paras. 25-26
Dates subsequently raised: October 2009 (G/SPS/R/56, paras. 44-45)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; Zoonoses; Pest or Disease free Regions / Regionalization
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In June 2009, the European Communities stated that Indonesia's import restrictions with regard to BSE were unjustified and higher than OIE standards. Indonesia prohibited imports from Members with an undetermined or controlled BSE risk, as well as products which the OIE had identified as safely tradeable irrespective of the BSE risk status of the exporting country. The European Communities welcomed Indonesia's new legislation incorporating the principle of regionalization, but questioned the justification for limiting its applicability only to foot and mouth disease, which was not in line with the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code. It appeared that none of the EC comments were taken into account when the new import conditions came into existence in April 2009. The European Communities requested Indonesia to accept regionalization commitments and to provide clear scientific justification for measures which went beyond the OIE standards.
Indonesia expressed willingness to further discuss the matter during bilateral consultations.
In October 2009, the European Communities stated that the concern related to Indonesia's import regime was first introduced in April 2009, and related to the burdensome accreditation process and the non-respect of international standards in many areas, mainly related to BSE and other diseases for which Indonesia imposed unnecessary and unjustified measures. The European Communities had communicated its concerns in writing and at various bilateral meetings with Indonesia. It had requested a justification for the deviation from international standards, as well as Indonesia's risk analysis, but no answer had been provided.
Indonesia stated that its Agriculture Regulation Number 20 of 2009 concerning the import and distribution of carcass meat and/or edible offal complied with international standards. Since 4 September 2009, the Agriculture Ministry Decree 3229 allowed the importation of de-boned meat from Ireland, and the establishment approval procedure followed a risk assessment for BSE on a country-by-country basis. Constructive commitments had been made in October 2009 between Indonesia and the European Communities in regards to this issue.