STC Number - 308

Restrictions on bovines and bubalines for reproduction

Maintained by: Brazil
Raised by: Colombia
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2010 G/SPS/R/61, paras. 22-23
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally.
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2010, Colombia expressed concern that the entry into force of Brazil's new Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) standard 46 would nullify the 2003 Memorandum of Understanding regarding bovines and bubalines and semen of bubalines from Colombia. Brazil's recognition of the FMD-free status of Colombia was not forthcoming. The Brazilian authorities had requested more information following the 2003 and 2006 recognition of the FMD-free status of Colombia. This information had been sent and discussed in bilateral meetings in 2007. In 2008, MAPA had indicated a need for a new verification visit, but had failed to carry out this visit. In bilateral meetings held in the margins of this SPS Committee meeting, Brazil had proposed a new quarantine procedure which Colombia hoped would lead to the resolution of this problem.

Brazil indicated that the bilateral meeting had been a useful opportunity to clarify some issues and resume discussions. Brazilian sanitary authorities had concluded that the new quarantine station on the Island of Cananea in the state of Sao Paolo, which had recently started its operations, could provide additional guarantees as regarded the sanitary controls for Colombia's exports to Brazil. If Colombia's exports of live cattle and buffalos were subject to certain procedures at that station, it would facilitate the solution of the matter. Brazil's requirements were due to the existence in Colombia of a certain strain of the vesicular stomatitis virus which affected bovines. This virus was exotic to Brazil, and of major concern in the Mercosur region.