RUSSIAN IMPORT BAN ON PIGMEAT ILLEGAL – 19 AUGUST

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RUSSIAN IMPORT BAN ON PIGMEAT ILLEGAL - 19 AUGUST
19 Aug 2016

RUSSIAN IMPORT BAN ON PIGMEAT ILLEGAL – 19 AUGUST

Brussels Daily

EU wins a World Trade Organization dispute on Russian pork ban

The World Trade Organization (WTO) declared the Russian import ban on live pigs, fresh pork and other pig products from the EU illegal in light of international trade rules. The ruling concerns a ban imposed by Russia in early 2014 because of a limited number of cases of African Swine Fever in areas in the EU close to the border with Belarus. The panel acknowledged that Russia’s refusal to accept imports of certain EU products and to adapt EU-Russia import certificates accordingly amounts to an EU-wide import ban. This measure is not based on the relevant international standards and violates the rules of the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. Individual Russian bans on imports from Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia received the same criticism from the panel. Read Press Release here

 

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