STC Number - 385

General import restrictions due to highly pathogenic avian influenza

Maintained by: Unspecified
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2015 G/SPS/R/78, para. 3.5. See also STC 406.
Dates subsequently raised: October 2015 (G/SPS/R/81, paras. 3.75-3.76)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/48
Products covered: 01 Live animals
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Provisional Measures; Pest or Disease free Regions / Regionalization
Status: Resolved
Solution: A number of Members had lifted their bans.
Date reported as resolved: 15/10/2015

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2015, the European Union also expressed concerns about Members maintaining country-wide bans on EU poultry products. The European Union remarked that the early detection, control and eradication measures for avian influenza that were legally binding in EU member States had proved to be effective. The European Union was disappointed that some Members had put temporary bans in place that had never been lifted or justified, while other Members had not informed the European Union about the steps or time required to recognize regionalization. The European Union made reference to the Committee's Guidelines to Further the Practical Implementation of Article 6 of the SPS Agreement (G/SPS/48) and invited all Members to allow trade of all safe products, especially from non-affected zones.

In October 2015, the European Union reported that specific trade concern No. 385 (General import restrictions due to highly pathogenic avian influenza) could be considered resolved as a number of Members had lifted their bans.
The Chairperson thanked the European Union and encouraged Members to continue informing the Secretariat of any resolved specific trade concerns.