South Africa challenges EU citrus fruit measures, asks WTO to mediate

South Africa has challenged and the European Union on the imposition of certain measures on importation of South African citrus fruit.

South Africa however has requested World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute consultations with the European Union on the imposition. 

WTO noted that the request was circulated to WTO members on 29 July.

South Africa is challenging recently enacted changes to EU phytosanitary requirements for the importation of oranges and other citrus products related to the pest Thaumatotibia leucotreta, known as false codling moth. 

South Africa claims the EU measures appear to be inconsistent with various provisions of the WTO’s Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994.

This is the first-ever WTO dispute settlement case initiated by South Africa.

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