STC Number - 236

Restrictions on beef exports under the Hilton Quota

Maintained by: Argentina
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2006 G/SPS/R/40 para. 34-35
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/1051
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; Other concerns; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: In October 2010, the European Union indicated that the issue was resolved (G/SPS/GEN/1051) (G/SPS/R/61, par. 47).
Date reported as resolved: 13/10/2010

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2006, the European Communities reported that Argentina had placed restrictions on its own beef exports, reducing in particular the quantity of beef it exported under the so-called Hilton Quota. The European Communities understood that this measure was taken due to concerns about the quantities and prices of beef available on the Argentine domestic market. However, this trade disruption could lead to a weakening of the SPS controls necessary to ensure that beef exports met the SPS requirements of the European Communities. The European Communities sought assurances that its sanitary requirements could be met, particularly in terms of traceability, if export quantities were substantially reduced.

Argentina took note of the concern of the European Communities.

In October 2010, the representative of the European Union presented an updated list on specific trade concerns raised in the SPS Committee (G/SPS/GEN/1051). The updated list contained 14 issues, with one of them being this particular concern, that the European Union considered as having been resolved. The European Union encouraged Members to update the list of specific trade concerns raised in the Committee, and congratulated its trading partners on the cooperation on those issues. The Chairman urged other Members to systematically go through all the specific trade concerns raised in the Committee to identify those they considered as having been settled.