STC Number - 455

Indonesia's undue delay in authorization procedures for beef

Maintained by: Indonesia
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by: Philippines
First date raised: March 2019 G/SPS/R/94, paras. 3.24-3.26
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: Risk assessment; Human health; Food safety; Certification, control and inspection; Undue delays; Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2019, Brazil raised its concern regarding undue delays in the approval process of Brazilian beef establishments for exports to Indonesia. Brazil had received in April 2018 an Indonesian technical mission to inspect ten Brazilian establishments, which represented a small sample of interested Brazilian beef exporters. Almost a year after the visit, the Indonesian authorities had yet to present a preliminary inspection report on the sanitary aspects of the mission, nor had they indicated any expected date for a response. This was despite numerous consultations held in Jakarta, Brasilia and on the margins of the SPS Committee. Brazil was further concerned that new steps which had not been mentioned during the Indonesian sanitary visit could eventually be added to the approval procedures for exports from Brazilian establishments. At Brazil's request for additional information, Indonesia had explained that they were conducting a risk analysis. In Brazil's view, there had been significant, unjustified and undue delays in the process of risk analysis, approval and inspection of exporting bovine meat establishments, resulting in a possible lack of compliance with Article 8 and Annex C of the SPS Agreement. Brazil wished to recall that there had already been a Panel established to review Indonesian restrictions (including approval procedures) on imports of poultry meat from Brazil, which had found against Indonesia on undue delays in approving veterinary health certificates for Brazilian poultry meat.

The Philippines thanked Brazil for raising the concern, as the Philippines was also facing undue delays in market access requests to Indonesia for meats and meat products.

Indonesia informed the Committee that it had conducted a risk analysis regarding imports of Brazilian beef, and that its sanitary authorities would share their overall results with Brazil.