STC Number - 400

Undue delays in the start of Australia's risk analysis for avocados

Maintained by: Australia
Raised by: Chile
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2015 G/SPS/R/81, paras. 3.11-3.12
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 080440 - Avocados
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health; Risk assessment; Undue delays
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2015, Chile raised concerns in relation to delays in gaining market access to Australia for its avocado exports. Chile explained that in 2006, it had requested market entry requirements for avocados into Australia, which resulted in Australia placing it on List B for pest risk assessment (PRA), which is of lower priority. In 2011, Australia informed Chile that it had begun the process of developing a PRA for Chilean avocados, and an inspection visit took place the following year. However, in 2013 Australia reported that the PRA had not started due to a lack of resources. Chile further noted that it had communicated its interest in starting the PRA on several occasions, with no progress made. Chile affirmed that it was free from major pests of economic importance for plant products and urged Australia to begin its PRA in conformity with the SPS Agreement, in particular with Articles 2.2, 5.4 and Annex C (1a).
Australia responded that it had identified over 30 pests and diseases of quarantine concern to Australia, associated with avocados from Chile. Due to the large number of pests and diseases and the complexity of the import risk analysis (IRA) work and progress, Australia could not start the formal IRA until sufficient resources were available.