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Title Taiwan - SPS - African Swine Fever - non recognition of EU zoning measures
Creation Date 26 Aug 2014
Last update/check 26 Aug 2014
Barrier id 145487
Sector Agriculture and Fisheries
SPS measure African Swine Fever (ASF)
Country Taiwan
Description of the measure

Taiwan has imposed a country-wide ban on imports of pigs and pig products from Poland due to detections of African swine fever.


On 24 January 2014, African swine fever (ASF) has been detected in two wild boars in Lithuania close to the Belarussian border and later also in Poland and Latvia. The EU took immediate measures to restrict movements out of the well-defined infect areas. The EU is aware that outbreaks of ASF in the pig population had taken place in recent years in countries such as Georgia, (2007-2014) Russia (2007-2014) and Ukraine (2012-2014). Despite the stringent control measures put in place in a well-defined affected zone, Taiwan has put in place unjustified country-wide trade restrictions in place on pigs and pig products coming from Poland, not recognising the EU zoning measures and which are considered more trade restrictive than necessary. Indeed, the EU considers such country-wide bans unjustified and disproportionate as these are not in line with the WTO SPS Agreement nor with the international standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) which advocate for the least trade disruptive measure where WTO Members are bound to recognise the zoning measures put in place and thus not to impose country-wide bans.

Barrier Status Ongoing
Actions Taken

The EU has expressed its concerns with any trading partner which has imposed unjustified trade restrictive measures

Hs codes
  • 0103 - Live swine
  • 0203 - Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen
  • 0206 - Edible offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen
  • 0209 - Pig fat, free of lean meat, and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked
  • Documents
  • 2014 EU letter to Taiwan - African Swine fever