A. General Information
IPPC ePhyto Solution
B. Lessons Learned
To provide developing countries with a simple generic system for the production, sending and receipt of electronic phytosanitary certificates and to establish a harmonized exchange tool to facilitate the exchange of electronic certificates as an alternative to the current practice of exchanging paper certificates. The establishment of these tools will improve the security of official communications between countries and the trade flows. It will also eliminate the cost and complexity of countries developing individual systems for electronic data exchange and the necessity to negotiate exchange protocols on a country by country basis.
To provide all IPPC Contracting Parties, developed and developing countries alike that are interested with the opportunity to exchange phytosanitary certificate information in a digitally harmonized way in order to facilitate safe trade in plants and plant products.
Exchange of electronic Phytosanitary Certificates
Obtaining resources and getting started due to delays on the part of some organizations and countries (some intentional, others due to simple inefficiency). Nothing else out of the ordinary for a technical project of this type
As the final pilot phase of the GeNS system is still ongoing all possible lessons are not available yet. However, significant time savings in processing goods at the border have been realized in the few case studies conducted so far.
Reduce possibilities for fraudulent documentation, reduce data entry and validation functions by NPPO staff, improve security in transmission of certificate documentation, improve planning for the arrival and clearance of plants and plant products at customs, reduce delays in receiving replacement phytosanitary certificates, maximize the investment by building on existing initiatives, reduce ongoing and costly bilateral arrangements, ability to link into the World Customs Organization “One Window” initiative and harmonize codes and processes
Yes, some IPPC Contracting parties as well as the World Bank provided both technical and financial assistance.
The project is global and focused on phytosanitary certificates only at this time. Eventually as the system proves its value, the IPPC would invite the other two SPS “sisters”, OIE and Codex, to make use of the Hub as well for animal and food safety certificates.