STC Number - 311

Restrictions on poultry and poultry products

Maintained by: Albania; Croatia
Raised by: Chile
Supported by: United States of America
First date raised: October 2010 G/SPS/R/61, paras. 156-161
Dates subsequently raised: March 2011 (G/SPS/R/62, para. 68)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: Raised orally.
Products covered: 01 Live animals; 02 Meat and edible meat offal; 05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: Restrictions lifted.
Date reported as resolved: 30/03/2011

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2010, Chile reported that Albania restricted imports of poultry products from Chile allegedly because of avian influenza. However, no avian influenza had been found in Chile since 2002. If Albania's concern was with regard to the A1/ H1N1 virus, Chile noted that there was no scientific evidence that this virus was spread by poultry products. Chile therefore requested that Albania remove these emergency measures.
The United States supported Chile's request and urged all Members to remove any trade restrictions that had been imposed due to H1N1.
Albania indicated that this information would be transmitted to the authorities, who would reply to Chile shortly.
Chile indicated that Croatia had also imposed restrictions on poultry products from Chile allegedly because of avian influenza. As there had been no avian influenza in Chile since 2002, there was no scientific basis for these restrictions. Furthermore, Croatia had not notified those measures to the WTO. Chile requested Croatia to remove those measures without delay.
Croatia responded that the measures had been introduced in 2009 on the basis of an OIE warning about an emerging disease situation in Chile. However, the emergency measure had expired after six months, and had been formally abolished in August. This would be notified to the WTO shortly.
Chile expressed concern that Members should not introduce restrictions in reaction to information provided to the OIE for purposes of transparency, rather Members should be encouraged to be more transparent about their measures.
In March 2011, the representative of Chile thanked Croatia and Albania for lifting their restrictions on poultry products. The restrictions had been introduced due to incorrect information regarding the presence of avian influenza in Chile but Chile had been free of avian influenza since 2002.