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WT/DS613 - Measures concerning the importation of citrus fruit from South Africa

WTO dispute settlement case - Complaint against the EU

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WTO - Complaint against the EU

Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: South Africa
  • Complaint against: EU
  • Third parties: No third party

South Africa requested consultations with the European Union with regard to the European Union's regime governing the importation of citrus fruits from South Africa.

South Africa claims that the EU phytosanitary requirements relating to Thaumatotibia leucotreta (false codling moth) impose import restrictions on the importation of South African citrus fruit.

In particular, South Africa challenges EU requirements in place since 14 July 2022, that imports of citrus fruit must undergo specified mandatory cold treatment processes and precooling steps for specific periods (up to 25 days of cold treatment) before importation.

Relevant WTO provision: Articles 1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 7, 8, 10.1, and 10.2 and paragraph 2 of Annex B and Annex C of the SPS Agreement and Articles I:1, III:4, X:3(a) and XI:1 of GATT 1994.



  • Consultations requested: 22 July 2021


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