STC Number - 339

Restrictions on tomatoes

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: Senegal
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2012 G/SPS/R/69, paras. 17-18
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/USA/2019
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Not reported
Solution:
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2012, Senegal raised concerns regarding US restrictions on imports of tomatoes due to alleged presence of the pest tuta absoluta. In the framework of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a team of experts from the United States had made recommendations regarding Senegal's tomato production which were complied with. In 2009, when information was received of the reappearance of the tuta absoluta in parts of Europe originating from Latin America, Senegal effectively banned imports from infested areas, particularly Morocco, as notified in G/SPS/N/SEN/7 in 2010. The US ban on imports of tomatoes had not been notified or verified with the Senegalese authorities, although subsequently a bilateral technical meeting had been held to seek resolution of the issue.
The United States highlighted that the issue raised by Senegal was discussed in a bilateral technical discussion and an agreement to work together to address the concern was reached, with progress to be reported at the next meeting.