Convention text

Preamble

The contracting parties,

- recognizing the necessity for international cooperation in controlling pests of plants and plant products and in preventing their international spread, and especially their introduction into endangered areas;

- recognizing that phytosanitary measures should be technically justified, transparent and should not be applied in such a way as to constitute either a means of arbitrary or unjustified discrimination or a disguised restriction, particularly on international trade;

- desiring to ensure close coordination of measures directed to these ends;

- desiring to provide a framework for the development and application of harmonized phytosanitary measures and the elaboration of international standards to that effect;

- taking into account internationally approved principles governing the protection of plant, human and animal health, and the environment; and

- noting the agreements concluded as a result of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, including the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures;

have agreed as follows: