STC Number - 65

Import restrictions on beef

Maintained by: Korea, Republic of
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by:
First date raised: July 1999 G/SPS/R/15 paras. 13-14
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/109 G/SPS/GEN/130
Products covered: 0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.; 0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Risk assessment; International Standards / Harmonization; Foot and mouth disease
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In July 1999, the representative of Argentina also raised concerns regarding Korea's import restrictions on Argentine beef. Korea was denying access to its market without specifying its sanitary requirements, and visiting Argentina to verify its current sanitary status. He reiterated that Argentina was free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease without vaccination since April 1999 (G/SPS/GEN/109). As provided by Article 5.8 of the SPS Agreement, Argentina submitted to Korea several questions related to its sanitary requirements, and the risk assessment on which these were based (G/SPS/GEN/130).

The representative of Korea replied that Korea had been free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease for 60 years, and only imported from countries free of vaccination for at least 12 months. Korea had reviewed Argentina's sanitary status in April 1996, at which time Argentina did not meet this requirement. He believed Korea's measure was consistent with OIE recommendations and with the SPS Agreement, and indicated that the matter should be discussed bilaterally.