REGIONAL STANDARDS
FOR PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES

GUIDANCE ON THE OPERATION OF
LAND BORDER ENTRY POINTS FOR LOCAL TRADE




APPPC RSPM No. 8




RAP PUBLICATION 2009/24

The Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific





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Abstract

Many countries of the Asia-Pacific region share long land borders across which many consignments of plants, plant products and other regulated articles pass through land border entry points. While long-distance trade in large consignments exists and uses the established regulatory systems, a large proportion of cross border trade concerns the local trade of large numbers of small consignments which require specific border region import regulatory systems. Dealing with the trade of small amounts of plant material is a major problem at many land border entry points. This trade is increasing and the associated risks need to be addressed. This standard offers guidance for the harmonization of procedures for land border points of entry to deal with the specific problems arising from local trade and encourages cooperation between neighbouring countries. The measures described should substantially decrease any risk of plant pest entry through local trade. This standard was endorsed by the twenty-sixth session of the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) held in New Delhi, India in August–September 2009. Regional standards for phytosanitary measures are part of the plant protection programme of the Commission’s contracting parties to support regional harmonization and facilitate trade of commodities by member countries.