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angle-left ADVISORY: World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Latest Notifications 10 October 2023

Philippine exporters and relevant stakeholders are strongly encouraged to review and comment on the listed proposed technical regulations that may affect our exports to the issuing economies.   

The latest bulletin lists a total of 74 notifications covering various sectors such as agriculture, domestic and commercial equipment, electrical engineering, energy and heat transfer engineering, environment health protection and safety, equipment for children, fluid systems and components for general use, food technology, information technology, mining and minerals, paint and color industries, telecommunications, audio, and video engineering, testing, and weapons, the respective issuing economies, and the final date of comments are provided below: 

Agriculture 

  1. Chemical pesticides for agricultural use, Ecuador, 28 October 2023 
  2. Tobacco products, Ecuador, (deadline not indicated)    
  3. Fertilizer – Addendum,  Japan, (deadline not indicated)  
  4. Seed and planting material samples of plant varieties – Addendum, Ukraine, (deadline not indicated)  
  5. Confinement of farm animals and sale of specified products derived from them - Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated)  
  6. Agricultural machinery, China, 23 October 2023 
  7. Seeds and/or planting material, Ukraine, 20 October 2023 
  8. Vape liquids, e-liquids and e-juices that contain nicotine and/or nicotine salts – Addendum, Australia, 09 November 2023 
  9. Tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, Switzerland, 09 November 2023 
  10. Pesticides - Residues - Ethylene oxide, India, 11 November 2023 
  11. Residues – Captafol, India, 11 November 2023 
  12. Fertilizers – Urea, India, 11 November 2023 
  13. Monocrotophos, India, 11 November 2023 
  14. Sodium Cyanide, India, 11 November 2023 

Domestic and commercial equipment 

  1. Gaming equipment: electronic raffle systems, Uganda, 26 October 2023 
  2. Gaming equipment: electronic raffle systems, Uganda, 26 October 2023   
  3. Air cleaners – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated) 
  4. Umbrella, China, 13 November 2023 

Electrical Engineering 

  1. Electrical cable, Ghana, (deadline not indicated) 
  2. General lighting, directional and nondirectional lamps of all shapes and finishes; using incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, light emitting diode (LED), and other light source technologies (discharge lamps) - Addendum, South Africa, (deadline not indicated)   
  3. General lighting, directional and nondirectional lamps of all shapes and finishes; using incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, light emitting diode (LED), and other light source technologies (discharge lamps) - Addendum, South Africa, (deadline not indicated)   

Energy and heat transfer engineering 

  1. Nuclear power plant engineering – Corrigendum, United States of America, 23 October 2023 
  2. Energy conservation standards for consumer boilers – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated)   

Environment Health Protection and Safety 

  1. Prohibition of certain toxic substances – Addendum, Canada, (deadline not indicated)   
  2. Hazardous waste generators, United States of America, 10 October 2023 
  3. Products for human use and consumption, Ecuador, 28 October 
  4. Drinking water treatment systems: reverse osmosis systems, Israel, (deadline not indicated)    

Equipment for children 

  1. Children's cots and folding cots for domestic use – Revision, Israel, (deadline not indicated)    

Fluid systems and components for general use 

  1. Room air conditioners – Addendum, United States of America, (deadline not indicated)   

Food Technology 

  1. Fortified sugar – Addendum, Burundi, (deadline not indicated)   
  2. Coffee premix - Addendum, Burundi, (deadline not indicated)   
  3. Flavored coffee – Addendum, Burundi, (deadline not indicated)    
  4. Liquid coffee – Addendum, Burundi, (deadline not indicated)    
  5. Food - Addendum, Republic of Korea, (deadline not indicated)   
  6. Food additives – Addendum, Turkey, (deadline not indicated)   
  7. Cakes, Uganda, 14 October 2023 
  8. Ground thyme mixture (Zaatar), United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2023   
  9. Ornamental birds and hatching eggs for ornamental birds, and for the accreditation of quarantine establishment for ornamental birds and eggs for hatching ornamental birds, Brazil, 21 October 2023 
  10. Processed food – Addendum, Indonesia, (deadline not indicated)    
  11. Processed food – Addendum, Indonesia, (deadline not indicated)    
  12. Dry chickpeas of the varieties (cultivars) grown from Cicer arietinum (L.), Kenya, 20 October 2023 
  13. Dry whole soybeans of varieties (cultivars) grown from Glycine max (L.), Kenya, 20 October 2023 
  14. Dry green grams of the cultivar Vigna radiata (L.), Kenya, 20 October 2023 
  15. Dry faba beans of cultivated varieties (cultivars) grown from Vicia faba L., Kenya, 20 October 2023 
  16. Dry lima beans of cultivated varieties (cultivars) grown from Phaseolus lunatus L., Kenya, 20 October 2023 
  17. Wheat flour prepared from common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) or club wheat (Triticum compactum Host), or their mixtures, Kenya, 20 October 2023 
  18. Barley grains of varieties (cultivars) grown from Hordeum vulgare Lin and Hordeum Bulbosum, Kenya, 20 October 2023 
  19. Edible full fat soybean flour obtained from soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr), Kenya, 20 October 2023 
  20. Wheat flour, Tanzania, 22 October 2023 
  21. Dry soybeans of varieties (cultivars) grown from Glycine max (L.), Tanzania, 22 October 2023 
  22. Barley grains of varieties (cultivars) grown from Hordeum vulgare Lin and Hordeum bulbosum, Tanzania, 22 October 2023 
  23. Dry lima beans of cultivated varieties (cultivars) grown from Phaseolus lunatus L., Tanzania, 22 October 2023 
  24. Edible full fat soybean flour obtained from soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr), Tanzania, 22 October 2023 
  25. Dry green grams of the cultivar Vigna radiata (L.), Tanzania, 22 October 2023 
  26. Dry chickpeas of the varieties (cultivars) grown from Cicer arietinum (L.), Tanzania, 22 October 2023 
  27. Dry faba beans of cultivated  varieties (cultivars) grownfrom Vicia faba L., Tanzania, 22 October 2023 
  28. Enzymes for food processing – Addendum, Thailand, (deadline not indicated) 
  29. Prepackaged food products – Addendum, The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, (deadline not indicated) 
  30. Food additives – Addendum, Turkey, (deadline not indicated) 
  31. Food for infants and young children – Addendum, Turkey, (deadline not indicated) 
  32. Total diet replacement for weight control – Addendum, Turkey, (deadline not indicated) 
  33. Infant formula and follow-on formula – Addendum, Turkey, (deadline not indicated) 
  34. Canned tuna, United States of America, 24 November 2023 

Information Technology 

  1. Cybersecurity labeling for internet of things, United States of America, 26 October 2023 

Mining and Minerals 

  1. Polymer materials, China, 23 October 2023 

Paint and color industries 

  1. Waterborne and solvent-borne coatings, Trinidad and Tobago, 22 October 2023 

Telecommunications, audio, and video engineering 

  1. Intelligent transportation systems in the 5895 – 5925 MHz band – Addendum, Canada, (deadline not indicated)   
  2. Flexible use broadband equipment operating in the band 3900 - 3980 MHz – Addendum, Canada, (deadline not indicated)     
  3. Radio communication equipment in the frequency range up to 3000 GHz, Switzerland, 19 October 2023 
  4. Amplifiers in home entertainment products – Addendum, United States of America, 20 October 2023 
  5. Telecommunications installations, Switzerland, 15 October 2023 
  6. GSM, W-CDMA, E-UTRA Land mobile user equipment including mobile phones and other radio terminal equipments which are not mobile phones – Addendum, Viet Nam, 15 October 2023 

Testing 

  1. Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use, China, 23 October 2023 

Weapons 

  1. Weapons and ammunition, Denmark, 19 October 2023 

Please submit your comments to the DTI Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) thru email at bps@dti.gov.ph and copy the DTI Export Marketing Bureau (exports@dti.gov.ph). The BPS serves as the Philippines’ National Enquiry Point (NEP) and the National Notification Authority (NNA) for the WTO-TBT Agreement.