STC Number - 425

Saudi Arabia's measures on shrimp

Maintained by: Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
Raised by: Ecuador
Supported by:
First date raised: July 2017 G/SPS/R/87, paras. 4.6-4-7
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: Shrimp
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal diseases
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In July 2017, Ecuador raised concerns over Saudi Arabia's ban on shrimps from Ecuador based on an OIE registry indicating the presence of infectious hypodermic necrosis and infectious hematopoietic necrosis in shrimp in some zones of Ecuador, and the lack of information about diseases such as infectious myonecrosis (IMNV), white tail disease and Taura syndrome (TSV). Ecuador noted that infectious hypodermic necrosis and infectious hematopoietic necrosis were globally present, including in Saudi Arabia. Ecuador explained that IMNV and white tail disease had been monitored but had not been reported in Ecuador, and that TSV has not been reported in laboratory analyses for the past seven years. Ecuador further stressed its national control plan, which included a periodic analysis of shrimp, the results of which were notified to the OIE every six months. Finally, Ecuador argued that Saudi Arabia's measure was inconsistent with various provisions of the SPS Agreement.

Saudi Arabia thanked Ecuador for raising this concern and reaffirmed its commitment to remove any unnecessary barriers to trade. Saudi Arabia explained that according to the OIE, Ecuador was not yet free from the infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis, and that its shrimps' health status was not yet defined with respect to the infectious yellow head virus genotype 1, myonecrosis, Taura syndrome and white tail disease. Saudi Arabia clarified that the import suspension of frozen and chilled shrimps from Ecuador was temporary, until the issue was resolved, and that certain shrimp products from Ecuador were exempt from said measure. Saudi Arabia welcomed the continued cooperation with Ecuador and encouraged further bilateral discussions.