STC Number - 401

Undue delays in Viet Nam's approval process for dairy and meat products

Maintained by: Viet Nam
Raised by: Chile
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2015 G/SPS/R/81 para. 3.13
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal; 04 Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures; Undue delays
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2015, Chile raised its concern regarding undue delays in Viet Nam's approval process for meat and dairy products, noting that while it had expressed interest in exporting dairy and meat products to Viet Nam from 2009, a response was only received in 2011 from Viet Nam's Official Veterinary Service requesting more information. Chile further explained that it had submitted all the necessary information, along with proposals for sanitary export certificates for the specified products in 2012. This resulted in Viet Nam approving the certificates for dairy products in February 2015. While Chile expressed its appreciation for this result, it indicated that it still had not received authorization for the list of certificates which would allow exports from the dairy sector. In relation to meat products, Chile informed the Committee that although Viet Nam had communicated its approval of 10 meat processing establishments in 2013, the approval of the respective certificates was still under review by Viet Nam. Chile outlined the various steps it had taken to provide new, updated and previously submitted information to Viet Nam based on its several requests, as recently as in July 2015. Chile underscored that while it had not received any reply during this period, it had been informed by capital officials that a recent communication had been received from Viet Nam. Chile affirmed that its animal health conditions were optimal, free from major diseases that could limit exports and that the quality of its sanitary health services guaranteed this status. Chile appreciated the positive bilateral relationship with Viet Nam and hoped that the issue would be rapidly resolved, in accordance with Articles 2.2, 5 and 6, and Annex C (1a) of the SPS Agreement.