STC Number - 408

Nigerian restrictions on exports of beef and poultry

Maintained by: Nigeria
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2016 G/SPS/R/82, paras. 3.13-3.14
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Human health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2016, Brazil expressed its concerns over Nigeria's import restrictions on all types of refrigerated or frozen meat and foods containing meat due to deficiencies in the Nigerian cold chain. In June 2010, Brazil had sent Nigeria proposals of international sanitary certificates for meat and Nigeria had responded that meat imports were forbidden in accordance with the 2007 legislation. Brazil also highlighted Nigeria's Trade Policy Reviews in 1998 and 2005 in which Nigeria had agreed to reduce the list of prohibited products to align with WTO rules. Brazil requested an explanation of the reasons for maintaining this legislation and feedback on the international sanitary certificates. Brazil urged Nigeria to lift these requirements. It remained committed to continue bilateral discussions, and expressed its appreciation for Nigeria's availability on the margins of the current Committee meeting.

Nigeria thanked Brazil for the constructive bilateral meeting held on the margins of the current SPS Committee meeting. Nigeria clarified that the import list was currently under review and the restrictions on meat were being applied on an MFN basis. The measures were applied to protect health and life due to a lack of importers' capacity to cope with safety requirements. Nigeria hoped that the measures could be relaxed upon the provision of technical assistance. Nigeria confirmed its commitment to review its trade and SPS policies and to continue working with Brazil to resolve this issue.