STC Number - 69

Import restrictions on rhododendrons in growing medium

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: July 1999 G/SPS/R/15 para. 66
Dates subsequently raised: November 1999 (G/SPS/R/17 para. 83)
March 2000 (G/SPS/R/18 para. 68)
Number of times subsequently raised: 2
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/USA/121
Products covered: 0603 Cut flowers and flower buds of a kind suitable for bouquets or for ornamental purposes, fresh, dried, dyed, bleached, impregnated or otherwise prepared.; 060390 - Other
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Resolved
Solution: Final rule published in December 1999, importation allowed under certain conditions
Date reported as resolved: 01/03/2000

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 1999, the European Communities indicated that delays in the publication of a final rule on the importation of rhododendrons were resulting in de facto restrictions on EC exports. The representative of the European Communities asked for information on the status of the pest risk analysis and of the final rule. The United States replied that the final rule for the importation of rhododendrons in growing medium from the EC had been completed pending final review, and would be published within one month after the meeting. The European Communities requested an update on the status of the rule in November 1999, and the United States answered that it would be published in the near future. In March 2000, the United States informed the Committee that the final rule had been published on 30 December 1999, allowing the importation of rhododendrons under conditions designed to prevent the introduction of pests.