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Ceta Sps Agreement

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union (EU) and Canada has been in force since September 2017. One of the key components of this agreement is the SPS (Sanitary and Phytosanitary) chapter, which aims to facilitate trade in agricultural and food products while protecting human, animal, and plant health.

Under the SPS chapter, the EU and Canada have committed to ensuring that their SPS measures are science-based, transparent, and non-discriminatory. This means that they will rely on scientific evidence when implementing measures to protect human, animal, or plant health, and each party must inform the other of any new proposed SPS measures in advance.

The SPS chapter also includes provisions on the recognition of each other`s SPS measures, which means that products that meet the regulatory requirements in one market can be sold in the other without the need for additional testing or certification. This can lead to significant cost savings for businesses and promote trade in agricultural and food products.

Furthermore, the SPS chapter establishes a mechanism for resolving disputes related to SPS measures. If a party believes that the other party`s SPS measures are not in line with the provisions of the agreement, they can request consultations and, if necessary, establish a panel to resolve the dispute.

Why is the SPS chapter important?

The SPS chapter is crucial because it ensures that trade in agricultural and food products is not hindered by unnecessary or unjustified SPS measures. It also promotes transparency and cooperation between the EU and Canada, which can lead to a more efficient and effective SPS system.

Moreover, the SPS chapter can help to increase consumer confidence in the safety of imported agricultural and food products. By ensuring that SPS measures are science-based and transparent, consumers can trust that their health is being protected, and businesses can benefit from increased demand for their products.

In conclusion, the SPS chapter in the CETA between the EU and Canada is an essential component of the agreement. It promotes trade in agricultural and food products while protecting human, animal, and plant health. By ensuring that SPS measures are science-based, transparent, and non-discriminatory, the EU and Canada can build trust and cooperation in their SPS systems, leading to more efficient and effective trade.

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