STC Number - 23

Plant quarantine regulations

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: March 1997 G/SPS/R/7 para. 26
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/JPN/19 G/SPS/GEN/265 G/SPS/GEN/204/Rev.1
Products covered: 080810 - Apples
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: International Standards / Harmonization; Plant health; Transparency
Status: Not reported
Solution: In July 2001 (G/SPS/R/22, par. 127), the representative of the United States introduced an update to the Secretariat document on specific trade concerns (G/SPS/GEN/204/Rev.1). The United States had examined the issues it had raised in the Committee to determine whether the issues had been resolved. This exercise had shown that the SPS Committee was a useful forum to address and resolve trade issues. The US document presented the US view on the status of the relevant issues, and the United States was prepared to discuss other Members' views on this status.
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 1997, the representative of the United States informed the Committee that they had held bilateral discussions with Japan regarding proposed plant quarantine regulations set out in notification G/SPS/N/JPN/19. Both Members agreed that the communication process between the two countries had flowed smoothly and that this was a good example of how the transparency provisions of the SPS Agreement could enhance the understanding between Members on points of concern. The representative of Japan maintained that their proposed regulation was based on the pest-risk analysis guidelines of the IPPC.

In July 2001, the representative of the United States introduced an update to the Secretariat document on specific trade concerns (G/SPS/GEN/204/Rev.1). The United States had examined the issues it had raised in the Committee to determine whether the issues had been resolved. This exercise had shown that the SPS Committee was a useful forum to address and resolve trade issues. The US document presented the US view on the status of the relevant issues, and the United States was prepared to discuss other Members' views on this status.