The SPS Agreement
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 5

The SPS Agreement PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 53 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

The SPS Agreement. Examples. Why an SPS Agreement?. What is new? Country B cannot apply uniformly the same measure to all countries: SPS measures must be based on scientific justification (Art.2:2) Country B cannot ban imports from country A, where sanitary conditions are similar (Art.2:3)

Download Presentation

The SPS Agreement

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


The sps agreement

The SPS Agreement

Examples


Why an sps agreement

Why an SPS Agreement?

What is new?

Country B cannot apply uniformly the same measure to all countries:SPS measures must be based on scientific justification (Art.2:2)

Country B cannot ban imports from country A, where sanitary conditions are similar (Art.2:3)

Country B cannot ban imports from FMD-free areas of country C without scientific justification (Art.6)

Country B can maintain its ban with regard to country D (Art.2:2)

  • Example 1:

  • Country A is FMD free and wants to export meat to country B, also free of FMD

  • In country C, FMD is endemic, but some regions are FMD-free and under government control

  • In country D, FMD is endemic in all its territory

  • Country B bans imports of meat from the three countries A, C and D, in spite of their different sanitary situation...


Why an sps agreement1

Why an SPS Agreement?

  • What is new?

  • Country A has an obligation to notify its proposed measure (Art.7 & Annex A)

  • Country A has to give at least 60 days for comments and take into account such comments (agreed procedures)

  • If its ALOP allows, country A should give longer time-frame for compliance to country B (Art. 10:2)

  • Example 2:

  • Country A changed its phytosanitary regulations for imports of beans, fresh peas in pods and dried and fresh corn (there is no international standard)

  • Country B, a developing country, wants to export fresh peas to country A but was not informed of the changes…

  • Additionally, country B needs time to adapt to the new requirements in country A...


Why an sps agreement2

Why an SPS Agreement?

  • What is new?

  • Country B has to carry its control, inspection and approval procedures without undue delay in an non-discriminatory manner (Art.8 & Annex C) If its measure differs from an existing international standard,country B has to make available its risk assessment to country A

  • Example 3:

  • Country A wants to export fish and fish products to country B

  • Country B requests from country A continued delaying information regarding its control, inspection and approval procedures...

  • Suspicious, country A requests country B to provide the risk assessment justifying its measure… country B is reluctant…


Why an sps agreement3

If country B objectively demonstrates that its measures meet the ALOP of country A, the latter has to

acept equivalence (Art.4)

What is new?

Why an SPS Agreement?

  • Example 4:

  • Country A imposes continued testing of apples imported from country B because this country’s sanitary requirements differ from its own

  • Seeking to avoid repetitive testing country B requests equivalence of measures, claiming that its measures, although different, achieve the ALOP of country A

  • Despite intense bilateral consultations, country A rejects equivalence…


  • Login