Chile SAG Announces Plan to Issue Emergency Rule

  • On October 26, 2022

Chile’s Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (SAG) plans to issue an emergency rule in mid November that will require corn seed from the U.S. to be certified free from high plains virus (HPV) and wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV). This rule, which will also apply to other countries where HPV and WSMV are known to be prevalent, comes in response to detections of these viruses in seed production areas in Chile during the past production season. Chile has placed all fields, representing approximately 96 hectares, where these viruses were detected under official control. An official notice that describes Chile’s response to these detections was issued earlier this year. Details concerning the specific import requirements are not yet known, but ASTA will forward them as soon as they are made available.

Additionally, in January 2023, Chile is expected to issue via the WTO notification process a more detailed proposed rule, followed by a 60-day comment period. ASTA will be working with ANPROS, USDA APHIS, the research community, and the seed industry domestically and internationally to develop and provide science-based comments once this rule is published. For more information, contact Ric Dunkle or Lainey Wolf.