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SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures are often necessary to protect human, animal and plant life or health, including to protect them from risks arising from imported goods. Such measures should be based on the WTO SPS Agreement, international standards, recommendations or guidelines or be based on scientific principles. However, third countries often impose unjustified SPS measures in a way that the SPS measure negatively affects the EU exports of agriculture and fishery products.

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  • SPS Flashnote - Ukraine abolishes the quarantine import permit
    The EU welcomes the recent developments made by Ukraine abolishing the requirement of the quarantine import permit for the import or transit of each consignment of regulated plants and plant products. This trade-facilitating measure addresses a long-standing concern of the EU and follows closely the entry into force (1st January 2016) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
    19 Feb 2016
  • SPS Flash Note - Japan lifts the ban on imports of Danish beef
    As from 2 February 2016, Japan lifted its long-term ban on Danish beef based on an alleged risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The decision on products from Denmark follows an earlier opening of the Japanese market to beef products from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Poland.
    04 Feb 2016
  • EU MARKET ACCESS Flash Note - Ukraine lifts the ban on imports of EU beef and veal.
    Ukraine has lifted the longstanding BSE-related trade restrictions. Exports of bone-in beef and beef from all EU Member States to Ukraine are now allowed as Ukraine has recognised the EU single system of control on BSE and the official sanitary status of EU Member States based on the BSE risk category of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) for imports. This trade-facilitating measure follows closely the entry into force (1st January 2016) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The European Commission is looking forward to Ukraine agreeing to the required health certificate, quickly for that real trade can start soon.
    15 Jan 2016

SPS Seminar news

  • LABELLING SEMINARS, meat, dairy, fishery prodcuts - Brazil (3 July 2013)
    In Brazil, labels of imported products of animal origin have to be registered in a process which also covers SPS requirements. On 3 July 2013, in Brussels, experts from the Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (MAPA) made three presentations about such requirements in the meat, dairy and fishery products sectors.
    09 Dec 2013

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