STC Number - 181

Import restrictions on potatoes

Maintained by: Chinese Taipei
Raised by: New Zealand
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2003 G/SPS/R/31, paras. 15-16
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0701 Potatoes, fresh or chilled.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health; Pest or Disease free Regions / Regionalization
Status: Resolved
Solution: New regulations entered into force on 10 January 2005
Date reported as resolved: 01/01/2005

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

New Zealand reported that it had been experiencing delays with its request for market access for potato exports to Chinese Taipei despite fulfilling all the requirements. New Zealand had also responded to requests by Chinese Taipei for additional information which concerned pests not found in New Zealand and pests not found on the potato commodity exported, but only on the potato plant. In considering New Zealand's request, Chinese Taipei had agreed to use ISPM 10 which provided guidance on the Requirements for the Establishment of Pest Free Places of Production and Pest Free Production Sites.
Chinese Taipei recalled that New Zealand had first requested access on 20 September 1995, basing this request on ISPM 4 Requirements for the Establishment of Pest Free Areas. In February 2002, New Zealand withdrew its initial request but asked that its proposal be considered under ISPM 10 Requirements for the Establishment of Pest Free Places of Production and Pest Free Production Sites. In July 2002, a new pest risk assessment was completed. After a visit by officials from Chinese Taipei, New Zealand was asked to provide an updated pest list which was received in April 2003.
In January 2005, Chinese Taipei and New Zealand reported that a draft of The Quarantine Requirements for the Importation of Table Potatoes from New Zealand was notified as G/SPS/N/TPKM/43, and entered into force on 10 January 2005.