STC Number - 298

Import restrictions on Brazilian beef

Maintained by: Colombia
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2010 G/SPS/R/59 paras. 19-20
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.; 0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In June 2010, Brazil expressed concerns regarding the lack of reaction by Colombian authorities to a Brazilian proposal for a sanitary certificate for the export of beef to Colombia. In 2006, Brazil had presented a certificate to export meat products to Colombia, however, in February 2007 Colombia had indicated that this proposal did not fulfil its requirements. In 2007, Brazil had presented a new version of the certificate but despite various diplomatic contacts and bilateral meetings, Brazil still had not received a response from Colombia regarding its risk analysis.

Colombia reported that in November 2006, the Brazilian embassy in Colombia had requested a template for the official export certification of edible beef products. In November 2006, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) had requested the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture (MAPA) to provide a clarification regarding which products would be covered by the proposed health certificate. Colombia had not yet received an answer to this communication. In February 2008, ICA had began the process of risk analysis for the importation of bovine and buffalo products by sending a questionnaire to MAPA, and in June 2008 had undertaken a verification visit regarding MAPA measures for bovine disease control. ICA had sent the report of the visit to Brazil in November 2008, but had not received any response to the report. Such a response was necessary in order to continue the process solicited by Brazil.