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Summary of issues by theme Raised by Raised by China's response
United other WTO
Risk assessment supporting differing Writtena
treatment under AQSIQ's Decree 44,
Certification Requirements for Live
Aquatic Products, which mandates
different practices for imports.
Concern that certain meat and poultry Writtena The standards applied to domestic meat and
standards are significantly stricter than poultry products are the same as those applied
those set by Codex and are blocking the to imported ones. These standards are all
entry of imports; standards for established on the basis of relevant
domestically produced meat and international standards. The standards for
poultry; scientific rationale and risk poultry meat were notified to the Technical
assessments for standards for imported Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee in 2002 and
products. modification to them is underway in
accordance with the comments made by
Extent to which China has unified EC - Writtenb China respects the principle of non-
sanitary and phytosanitary measures discrimination in the course of developing and
applied to domestic and imported implementing SPS measures. For products
products. with identical risks, China's SPS measures,
especially end product criteria, are applied
equally to domestic and imported products.
Steps taken to ensure that the principle EC - Writtenb The recent standards revised or developed by
of non-discrimination with regard to the Ministry of Health, in which some Members
expanded list of products subject to are interested, will also apply equally to
health certification system is fully domestic and imported products once they are
respected. approved. (Verbald)
Steps taken to eliminate multiple or EC - Writtenb
duplicative control procedures and to
avoid imposing requirements exclusively
on imported products subject to health
Steps taken to ensure that the same EC - Writtenb
conformity assessment procedures
apply to both imported and domestic
products subject to health certification
Inspection and approval procedures
Description of the steps to ensure that Writtena The procedures set forth in two decrees,
Administrative Measures for the Entry- namely, AQSIQ Decree No. 7, Administrative
Exit Inspection and Quarantine for Measures for the Entry-Exit Inspection and
Grains and Feed Stuff, and Quarantine for Grains and Feed Stuffs, as well
Administrative Measures for Entry as AQSIQ Decree No. 25, Administrative
Animal and Plant Quarantine, comply Measures for Import Permit for Entry of Animal
with its obligations of the Agreement on and Plant Quarantine, apply equally to all
the Application of Sanitary and countries exporting animals and plants as well
Phytosanitary Measures. as their products to China. (Verbald)
The procedures and processing periods for the
application and issuance of import permits are
clearly specified in Decree No. 7 and Decree
No. 25, that also stipulate that all importers are
equally eligible to submit application as long as
they fulfill the requirements of applying for
import permits. All the applications will be
accepted and approved within 9 to 30 working
days by AQSIQ if they are in conformity with
the regulations identified in the Quarantine Law
GAO-05-209R U.S.-China Trade
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