As we reported in the Aug. 19 Export Newsline, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Panel recently issued its report on Russia’s African swine fever-related suspension of pork imports from the European Union. The panel ruled that Russia’s import suspension lacks scientific basis, is not consistent with its sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) obligations and constitutes a disguised restriction on international trade. As expected, Russia appealed the ruling on Sept. 23.
A summary of key findings and other documents from this proceeding are available from the WTO website. The suspension has been in effect since late January 2014. At the time of the ban, Russia was the largest destination for EU pork exports, so the suspension caused a major shakeup in global pork trade, with implications that extend well beyond the Europe-Russia region.