Trade facilitation

The IPPC seeks to protect terrestrial and aquatic plant resources from pest and disease outbreaks without setting up unnecessary barriers to trade and transport. It facilitates safe trade by:

  • developing and helping countries implement International Phytosanitary Standards (ISPMs);
  • building capacity; and
  • fostering international cooperation and partnerships.


In recent years, it has delved into “cutting-edge” trade related topics such as:

  • Electronic phytosanitary certification (IPPC e-Phyto)
  • E-commerce;
  • Sea container related issues
  • Commodity and pathway specific standards

Working in partnership

The IPPC Secretariat and community work with a wide range of partners to facilitate safe trade. The IPPC is the only international body for setting and implementing International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). As such it is one of the “three sisters” of the World Trade Organization's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Agreement, along with the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Important trade related partners include:

Trade related task forces and working groups

  • Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF)