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Overall objective

To improve conditions for the EU food and drink industry to access the markets of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The general objective is to contribute to improve the regulatory cooperation on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanaitary (Food Safety, Plant Health and Animal Health) and food safety between competent authorities in the EU Commission, EU Member States, and Asian partner countries and to expand economic opportunities for EU businesses in Asia through this cooperation. 




New guides under preparation

The ongoing EU-Asia Cooperation on SPS project supports the cooperative orientation of the EU's policies and is fully in-line with the “Trade for All Communication” of the European Commission through the development of 8 electronic guides for applicants including import conditions/regulations of the selected Asian countries, as well as sanitary, phytosanitary and food safety-related issues in the area of animal health, plant health and food safety regulations. 

Four guides are currently being prepared:  

- A guide on import rules for fruits and vegetables in India, which complements the information already available on the DG Trade Market Access Database and in the Handbook for EU Exporters of plant and plant products to India. The guide will include single commodity protocols to be applied by the competent authorities and exporters of EU Member States, as well as alternatives to Methyl Bromide for use on apples, plums, kiwis and possibly other products for import into India. 

- A guide with an overview of EU Law versus Chinese Law concerning the export of pork and beef meat and offal to the People’s Republic of China. This guide will aim to increase precision and clarity on import conditions imposed on beef and pork meat and by-products into China to be used by the competent authorities and exporters of EU Member States. 

- A guide on the import requirements of meat and meat products in Indonesia, which will include a detailed look at market access requirements and administrative procedures involved in obtaining approvals. 

- A guide on the import requirements of meat and meat products, including Halal requirements, in Malaysia. This guide will aim to help EU exporters enter developing markets in the region and to assist companies in securing halal certifications, since products with halal “certifications” will appeal to Muslim consumers more than other non-certified products. 




The project is funded by the European Commision and implemented by AETS consortium

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