STC Number - 21

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Maintained by: Indonesia
Raised by: Australia; United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: March 1997 G/SPS/R/7 para. 22
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/IDN/2 RD/SPS/114
Products covered: 07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers; 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health; Transparency
Status: Partially resolved
Solution: In October 2020, information was received from Australia on the partial resolution of this STC (RD/SPS/114, 29 October 2020).
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 1997, the representatives of Australia and the United States sought clarification with regard to the scope of the Indonesian regulation on fresh fruit and vegetables notified in G/SPS/N/IDN/2. In bilateral discussions with Australia, Indonesian authorities had raised a particular problem arising from national practice which apparently precluded the circulation of draft regulations. Both the United States and Australia urged Indonesia to consider legislative adjustments that would enable WTO Members to receive information on proposed measures sufficiently in time to be assessed. The representative of Australia expressed his appreciation that Indonesian authorities had made substantial efforts to meet requests for additional information. The representative of Indonesia regretted that the draft regulation had not yet been finalized, but assured the Committee that a document containing detailed information about the proposed regulations would be provided in due course.

In November 2020, the Secretariat informed that in September 2020 it had contacted all Members who had raised specific trade concerns (STCs) that had not been discussed in the previous year, to request an update on their status. In furtherance of this request, information was received from Australia on the partial resolution of this STC. The Secretariat indicated that the information received had been circulated in document RD/SPS/114 of 29 October 2020, and that the SPS IMS would be updated on this basis, using the date of the November 2020 SPS Committee meeting as the date of resolution of the relevant STCs.