SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues
|Title||South Korea - Slow procedures on applications to allow import of new types of fruits and vegetables|
|Creation Date||04 Apr 2012|
|Last update/check||11 Jan 2013|
|Sector||Agriculture and Fisheries|
|SPS measure||Risk analyses (including PRA - Pest Risk Analyses)|
|Description of the measure||
New types/origins of fruits and vegetables are not allowed for import before the phytosanitary requirements have been set by the national authorities. The import requirements, based on a pest risk analysis PRA, are set in a 12 step procedure, which may take several years. Furthermore, the capacity to handle applications are limited, meaning that only a limited number of applications can be handled at the same time.
South Korea follow a positive list approach in this area, i.e. any product not covered by legislation, is prohibited to import (until plant health requirements are set and new legislation introduced). The EU import legislation follows a completely different scheme, as requirements have been published for those products for which they apply, while any other plant product can be freely imported.
The barrier is discussed with the national plant health authorities on a regular basis and efforts are made to facilitate the handling of applications from EU Member States.