STC Number - 119

Notification on Chinese fruit imports

Maintained by: Philippines
Raised by: China
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2002 G/SPS/R/26, para. 141
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/PHL/35 and Add.1
Products covered: 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Partially resolved
Solution: Temporary ban lifted on the condition that those places identified as sources of infested exports undertake treatment to effectively kill the insect
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

China reported that the Philippines had applied an emergency restriction on imports of fruit from China, notified in G/SPS/N/PHL/35. The notification indicated that the measure was imposed because codling moth had been detected in imports of certain fruits. However, technical experts of both countries had re-identified the intercepted insect as peach fruit moth, a common pest. On this basis, the Philippines lifted the quarantine ban, but the addendum to the notification did not clarify the mistaken identification of the pest (G/SPS/N/PHL/35/Add.1).
The Philippines confirmed that further investigation had revealed that the intercepted insect was not codling moth, but Carposina nipponensis, a species not previously known in the Philippines. The Philippines had lifted the temporary ban on the condition that those places identified as sources of infested exports would undertake treatment to effectively kill the insect. This decision was reflected in the addendum to the notification, although the Philippines agreed to further correct the information provided in the notification, to avoid confusion and possible unnecessary restrictions on Chinese agricultural products by other Members.