STC Number - 343

Permits on horticultural products

Maintained by: Indonesia
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by: New Zealand
First date raised: October 2012 G/SPS/R/69, paras. 177-179
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/LIC/Q/IDN/32, Ministry of Agriculture Regulation 60
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures; Food safety; Transparency
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2012, the United States stated that it was concerned about Indonesia's Ministry of Trade Regulation 30, notified to the Import Licensing Committee as G/LIC/Q/IDN/32; and Ministry of Agriculture Regulation 60. Neither of these measures had been notified to the SPS Committee for comments by trading partners, yet both identified food safety as a primary objective. Both regulations resulted in the implementation of an import permit system with the potential to disrupt trade, but gave exporters and importers little information and no time to comply with the requirements. Accordingly, Indonesia was requested to notify both Regulations 30 and 60 and to provide time for comments before implementation, and also to provide scientific evidence that the import permit system was necessary to protect human, animal and plant health. New Zealand supported the concerns of the United States and encouraged Indonesia to provide greater clarity on its measures through timely notification to the relevant WTO Committees.
Indonesia acknowledged the concerns of the United States and New Zealand regarding the Regulation 60 of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Trade Regulation 30. Regulation 60 had been notified as an SPS measure, but the document had not yet been circulated. Indonesia noted that it had discussed the issue bilaterally with the United States and would follow-up.