Import and Export Requirements for Mangoes
The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international plant health agreement, established in 1952, that aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests:Kenya is a member the convention which abides to the stipulated standards.The IPPC provides an international framework for plant protection that includes developing International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) for safeguarding plant resources.
These standards include;
•Procedures and references
•Pest surveillance, survey and monitoring
•Import regulations and pest risk analysis
•Compliance procedures and phytosanitary inspection methodologies
•Pest management
•Post entry quarantine
•Exotic pest emergency response, control and eradication;
•Export certification.
The IPPC also provides information exchange related to import and export requirements, pest status and regulated pest lists provided by each member country. Developing countries also receive technical assistance to support their ability to implement the Convention and the ISPMs. While the IPPC’s primary focus is on plants and plant products moving in international trade, the convention also covers research materials, biological control organisms, germplasm banks, containment facilities and anything else that can act as a vector for the spread of plant pests — for example, containers, packaging materials, soil, vehicles, vessels and machinery. Contracting parties to the IPPC agree to promote technical assistance to other contracting parties. In particular, the Convention encourages support to developing countries to improve the effectiveness of their National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) and to participate in regional plant protection organizations, to help them realize the benefits of safe trade.
The IPPC is an international treaty that applies to most nations involved with international trade in any commodity that could introduce a new plant pest into a new area; in other words, it is applicable to all trans-boundary movements of plants and plant products.
By visiting the IPPC website the importers and exporters will be able to access the standards set by the Kenya Plant Health inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and other Phyto Sanitary Organizations of Importing Countries.
The link to IPPC is https://www.ippc.int/en/
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