STC Number - 67

Import restrictions on beef

Maintained by: Mexico
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by:
First date raised: July 1999 G/SPS/R/15 para. 12
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/109 G/SPS/GEN/129
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; 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 raised concerns regarding Mexico's import restrictions on Argentine beef. Argentina had repeatedly requested Mexico to provide information on its specific sanitary requirements, but had not received a satisfactory answer. He reminded the Committee that Argentina was free of Foot-and-Mouth Disease, and that it had announced the cessation of vaccination against the disease (G/SPS/GEN/109). As provided by Article 5.8 of the SPS Agreement, Argentina submitted to Mexico several questions related to its sanitary requirements, and the risk assessment on which these were based (G/SPS/GEN/129). The representative of Mexico took note of Argentina's concerns and said he would transmit them to his capital. He hoped that the problem could be solved bilaterally. Mexico had sent an official communication to the Argentine Government on this matter. The representative of Argentina confirmed the receipt of the official communication and hoped that there would be progress by the November 1999 meeting.