SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues
|Title||South Korea - Slow procedures on applications to allow import of animal and plant products|
|Creation Date||04 Apr 2012|
|Last update/check||11 Mar 2014|
|Sector||Agriculture and Fisheries|
|SPS measure||Long approval procedures|
|Description of the measure||
The EU exporters face difficulties entering the Korean market due to long approval procedures. Korea has import procedures in place for both animal products and plant products. These are the so-called 8- step procedures. The procedure as such is transparent, but excessively long for getting access to the Korean market.
More specifically concerning fruit and vegetables: 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, 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 (untilanimal and 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 Koreanauthorities on a regular basis and efforts are made to facilitate the handling of applications from EU Member States.