STC Number - 467

EU sanitary requirement for importation of hoof and horn

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: Indonesia
Supported by:
First date raised: November 2019 G/SPS/R/97, paras. 3.8-3.9
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included

Hoof and horn
Primary subject keyword: Other concerns
Keywords: Certification, control and inspection; Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures; Transparency
Status: Not reported
Solution:
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In November 2019, Indonesia expressed its concern regarding sanitary requirements of Germany for importation of hoof and horn. Indonesia highlighted that processed hoof and horn from Indonesia had secured a credible trading partner in Germany. Indonesia explained that it had requested market access by submitting a communication through the Directorate General of Health and Food Safety of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany. Indonesia had also followed up the said request in a bilateral meeting in March 2019, during a previous SPS Committee meeting. Indonesia called upon the relevant authorities to clarify the sanitary requirements for imports of processed hoof and horn and expressed willingness to work closely on this issue with the European Union and with Germany.

The European Union began by clarifying that the requirements in question were harmonized within the European Union. Import requirements were the same across all EU member States. The European Union drew Members' attention to specific Regulation 1069/2009 which laid down the requirements and conditions of production of animal by-products. The requirements stated that the exporting country had to be included on a list of authorized countries, the establishments of origin had to be approved by competent authorities and the product must be accompanied by a health certificate. The authorisation requests received in this regard were processed by the EU institutions, not by individual EU member States. Indonesia's request for authorization to export hoof and horn to the European Union was under examination and the internal consultation process had yet not been completed. The outcome of the assessment would be shared at the earliest. The European Union looked forward to bilateral discussions to reach a solution.