Imposition of trade quotas for health reasons

Other Names:
Embargo due to fear of disease
Banning contaminated imported products
Restrictions on trade for quarantine reasons

When one country fears that imports from another country carry an infectious disease that could spread into the native population or cause illness or damage, then it may attempt to ban or restrict the undesirable imports.


In 1994 Germany attempted to ban the importation of British beef due to fear of mad cow disease.

A beetle that infests wooden pallets resulted in restrictions in trade from wooden packaging by the USA and the EU in 2000/2001.

Reduced By:
Inadequate quarantine
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST