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06 August, 2020 Legal Update

Official Controls Update: August

Official Controls Update: August


This month's article runs through official controls updates in Australia, China, Peru and South Africa.

Australia: Import Certificate Requirements

 
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of Australia notified the World Trade Organization of the extension of the temporary changes to import certificate requirements for a range of imported plant-based, animal, biological and animal-based goods until October 1, 2020.
 
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 on the movement of airfreight and courier mail in multiple countries, some National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) have advised they are unable to meet Australia’s requirements to provide original paper-based phytosanitary certificates (PCs) with imports of a range of plant-based commodities. Therefore, inspection officers will accept the electronic copy of the PC as lodged by brokers through the standard lodgement process.
 
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China, Taiwan: Phytosanitary Certificates

 
The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu notified the World Trade Organization of the extension of the Implementation Period of the Temporary Alternative Arrangements of the Presentation of Original Veterinary and Phytosanitary Certificates in the Condition of COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
As previously notified, the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu implemented alternative arrangements to the presentation of original veterinary or phytosanitary certificates until June 30. In consideration of the global COVID-19 situation, the implementation period for the abovementioned measure was extended until August 31, 2020.
 
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Peru: Walnuts from Argentina, Phytosanitary Requirements

 
The National Agrarian Health Service of Peru (SENASA) notified the World Trade Organization of the Directorial Resolution establishing the mandatory phytosanitary requirements governing the importation into Peru of in-shell walnut and walnut kernel (Juglans regia) originating in and coming from Argentina.
 
Following the completion of the relevant pest risk analysis, the mandatory phytosanitary requirements are being submitted for public consultation. The deadline for comments is September 19, 2020.
 
For further information, please contact us at inc@nutfruit.org.
 

Peru: Almonds from Chile

 
The National Agrarian Health Service of Peru (SENASA) notified the World Trade Organization of the Directorial Resolution establishing the mandatory phytosanitary requirements governing the importation into Peru of almonds grafted on a rootstock (Prunus dulcis, Prunus persica x Prunus davidiana) originating in and coming from Chile.
 
Following the completion of the relevant pest risk analysis, the mandatory phytosanitary requirements are being submitted for public consultation. The deadline for comments is September 19, 2020.
 
For further information, please contact us at inc@nutfruit.org.
 

South Africa: Electronic Certificates

 

The National Plant Protection Organisation of South Africa (NPPOZA) has notified the World Trade Organization of the use of normal A4 printing paper while issuing phytosanitary certificates.

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPPOZA will be temporarily issuing phytosanitary certificates, generated from the eCertification system, printed on normal A4 paper and with the following features:

  1. QR code
  2. 2X barcodes
  3. Coat of arms in color
Therefore, South Africa will have two types of certificate paper in the international trade now: the original paper with security features, and the normal A4 paper with QR and bar codes (until further notice).
 
This type of certificate entered into force on July 13, 2020.
 
WTO Notification
 

Ukraine: Organic Production

 
The Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine notified the World Trade Organization of the Draft Resolution on Approval of the Procedure for Certification of Organic Production and/or Circulation of Organic Products.
 
The Draft determines the requirements for certification of organic production and/or circulation of organic products, the grounds and procedure for issuing the certificate, its duplicate and form. The aim is to protect the rights and interests of economic entities and consumers.
 
The final date for comments is September 1, 2020.
 
For further information, please contact us at inc@nutfruit.org.
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