The IPPC`s mandate is to enable the contracting parties (CP) of the IPPC to protect terrestrial and aquatic resources by preventing the introduction and spread of pests. This requires the application of plant health measures that are technically justified and transparent and do not lead to arbitrary or unjustified discrimination or a disguised restriction of international trade. We facilitate trade security: in recent years, the IPPC has addressed “sharp” themes of trade facilitation, such as: trade facilitation – simplification, modernization and harmonization of export and import processes – have become an important issue for the global trading system. The importance of trade facilitation is also highlighted in the IPPC strategic framework (2020-2030), which aims in particular to facilitate trade security, development and economic growth. The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) contains provisions to speed up the movement of goods, release and customs clearance, including goods in transit. Measures are also planned for effective cooperation between customs and other relevant authorities on trade facilitation and tariff compliance. The IPPC secretariat and the IPPC community work with a large number of partners to facilitate trade security, including: the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only international organization to deal with trade rules between nations. The focus is on WTO agreements signed by most trading countries in the world, which understand that the WTO agreement on the application of health and plant health measures (SPS) explicitly recognizes the right of governments to take action to protect human, animal and plant health as long as these measures are based on scientific evidence. , are necessary to protect health and do not unduly discriminate broad.

IPPC standards under the auspices of the IPPC secretariat are the only international standards for plant health measures recognized by the SPS Convention.