STC Number - 371

India's import requirements for blueberries and avocados

Maintained by: India
Raised by: Chile
Supported by:
First date raised: July 2014 G/SPS/R/75 paras. 4.1 - 4.2
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In July 2014, Chile expressed its concerns regarding India's import requirements for blueberries and avocados from Chile, which began in 2010. Although India had notified its measures to the WTO in 2012, these technical requirements were unjustified because they did not take into account Chile's fruit fly-free status, which had been previously recognized by India in 2005. In particular, India's request for the use of methyl bromide fumigation on avocados and blueberries would affect the quality of the final product. Chile requested that India take into consideration the relevant provisions of the SPS Agreement in finding a solution to this concern.

India responded that, having received Chile's request in 2010, it had conducted pest risk analyses and had subsequently notified its regulations to the WTO in 2012. Comments received from Chile on its notifications had been acknowledged, which were mainly related to several pests in avocados and blueberries. India's import requirements, including fumigation by methyl bromide, could be relaxed if Chile provided the necessary documentation and proof regarding its pest-free area status from spodoptera eridania and s. frugiperda in the area of production of blueberries intended for export to India. For avocados, India requested Chile to submit the necessary technical information on the non-host status of avocado for the pests under discussion, their distribution within Chile and the location of avocado production areas.