STC Number - 3

Restrictions on gelatin imports

Maintained by: Norway
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: March 1996 G/SPS/R/4, para. 47
Dates subsequently raised: September 1998 (G/SPS/R/12, paras. 24-25)
November 1998 (G/SPS/R/13, paras. 19-20)
Number of times subsequently raised: 2
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 2106 Food preparations not elsewhere specified or included.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health
Status: Resolved
Solution: Import conditions clarified
Date reported as resolved: 01/11/1998

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 1996, Brazil informed the Committee that Norway had halted the issuance of import licenses for Brazilian gelatin because of the existence of FMD in Brazil. Consultations with Norway had been initiated in 1995, and Norwegian authorities had reportedly declared the problem was solved. Nevertheless, import licenses continued to be denied. Norway stated that the ban on gelatin imports from Brazil would be lifted in the context of recent changes to import regulations. The two Members agreed to continue their consultations.
In September 1998, Brazil reported that bilateral contacts had not resulted in a lifting of the ban. Norway explained the conditions it applied to imports of Brazilian gelatin, and stated that applications fulfilling these conditions would be accepted. In November 1998, Brazil thanked Norway for having clarified its import requirements. Brazil would have no problem meeting these requirements and looked forward to resuming its gelatin exports to Norway.