A. General Information
Electronic phytosanitary certification between Argentina and Chile
B. Lessons Learned
Beginning on 04 May 2020, Argentina and Chile have implemented electronic phytosanitary certification without paper for all their plant trade within the framework of the guidelines and development carried out by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The NPPOs of Argentina and Chile began the exchange of electronic phytosanitary certificates (PCs) through the Hub developed by the IPPC. The Hub allows both NPPOs to transfer PCs to each other electronically through their own national systems
Exchange of electronic Phytosanitary Certificates.
Use of the Hub is voluntary
The Hub is a single, multilateral system
The Hub will be available 24/7 (secure and monitored)
No information (messages, transactions) should be lost
There is a single exchange protocol
The IPPC determines the version of UN/CEFACT schema
Participating countries will require a National System to exchange ePhyto through the Hub or use the Generic system
Please refer to the link https://www.ephytoexchange.org/doc/HUB_Web_Service_API_EN.pdf
Issues with regards to digital signature.
Resistance to fully remove paper.
Interactive work is required not only within the NPPO but between countries.
Reduction in trade time
Simplification of information flow between traders and government
Better evaluation of risks
Ability to address certification problems in advance of commodity arrival
Expedited clearance of commodities