STC Number - 417

India's import requirements for teak tree wood

Maintained by: India
Raised by: Panama
Supported by: Ecuador
First date raised: October 2016 G/SPS/R84, paras. 9.1-9.3; See also STC 434
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/IND/149
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: International Standards / Harmonization; Risk assessment; Plant health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2016, Panama expressed its concerns with India's measures related to requirements for teak tree wood to be fumigated with methyl bromide, as notified in G/SPS/N/IND/149. Panama wished to bring this issue to the attention of the Committee at the earliest opportunity. Panama requested further information from India on its pest risk analysis which was used as a basis for the measures, as well as a list of approved quarantine treatments for the identified products. Panama further requested India to consider granting a one-year extension in order to undertake implementation-related preparations, linked to human resource capacity and technology requirements. Panama further indicated that its comments would also be transmitted to India's IPPC focal point.

Ecuador expressed interest in this subject and would be awaiting further developments.

India stated that it had no prior notice of this issue and as such was not in a position to respond. India further indicated its willingness to engage in bilateral discussions.