STC Number - 436

Mexico's market access requirement for casein products

Maintained by: Mexico
Raised by: India
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2018 G/SPS/R/90 paras. 3.6-3.7
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 3501 Casein, caseinates and other casein derivatives; casein glues.; 0401 Milk and cream, not concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.; 0402 Milk and cream, concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.

Casein products; milk products
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Animal diseases; International Standards / Harmonization; Foot and mouth disease
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2018, India raised a concern over Mexico's market access requirement for casein products, explaining that the OIE had recognized its official control programme for foot and mouth disease, in accordance with the provisions of the Terrestrial Code. In particular, India noted that the OIE Terrestrial Code recommended the importation of milk products from FMD-infected countries or zones where an official programme exists. India also explained that the processing of casein ensured the destruction of any undesired microbes. All the technical information required by Mexico had also been submitted by India's authorities. India highlighted the importance of casein as an export commodity and requested Mexico to allow its casein exports which had been certified by the competent authorities. India thanked Mexico for its bilateral engagements and looked forward to the resolution of this issue.

Mexico informed the Committee that efforts were being made through bilateral discussions to resolve the issue. Mexico affirmed its commitment to recognize and systematically implement all fundamental principles of the SPS Agreement, and expressed its willingness to continue efforts to reach a solution.