STC Number - 366

Quarantine requirement for blueberries

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2013 G/SPS/R/73, paras. 3.21-3.22
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2013, Argentina raised concerns regarding the interruption of its fresh blueberry exports to Japan in November 2010, when the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture had imposed the requirement of a negotiated quarantine treatment for fruit flies. Argentina had submitted technical information in April 2011, and in October 2012 it had proposed methyl bromide as a quarantine treatment for fruit fly. In January 2013, Japan had indicated that it would carry out a pest risk analysis on the basis of the information provided and would evaluate the proposal of methyl bromide quarantine treatment for fruit fly and inform Argentina of its results. In June 2013, Argentina requested to know the state of progress of the evaluation of said quarantine treatment, expecting a prompt answer. Noting the importance of blueberry farming in domestic employment, income and value of Argentine fruit exports, Argentina asked Japan to give priority to the proposed quarantine treatment.
Japan explained that it had imposed an import ban on blueberries based on a pest risk analysis, and that its competent authorities were in the process of examining Argentina's proposed quarantine treatment. Japan had 138 outstanding requests with regard to plant quarantine, and sought understanding for its current situation.