The International Committee on Trade Regulations (ICTR) founded in October 2008, is an official committee of INSCA, the International Natural Sausage Casing Association. The ICTR is one of the many benefits of being a member company of INSCA. The mission of the ICTR is to deal with existing or emerging trade barriers around the world and find ways to resolve these barriers in order to achieve global free-trade in natural casings, as stated in the INSCA bylaws, concentrating mainly on two general categories of trade barriers; Veterinary / public health related issues.

The ICTR so far has been made aware of many trade issues around the world; some of which involve issues dealing with animal diseases, chemical and microorganism contaminants, and others which are strictly political.

The following regions are represented by the appointed ICTR delegates: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia & New Zealand, and Asia. The committee meets four times a year, twice in person (annual convention in May and semi-annual meeting of the board in October) and twice through Skype. The ICTR works closely with INSCA’s International Scientific Working Group (ISWG) in order to parlay the scientific research results into legislature that opens free trade and removes economic barriers throughout the regions.

ICTR Activities

  • Hold awareness Seminars to show the scientific research results that INSCA has done and how they should affect import / export regulations.
  • Promotion and lobbying efforts at international industry meetings (see report links on INSCA website)
  • Elevate the visibility and status of INSCA, and all it represents, with international meat and animal health organizations e.g. IMS, OIE.
  • Continue to make important professional contacts with key personnel responsible for international import / export health certification and regulations.
  • Encourage and promote member attendance at ICTR meetings to bring forth trade issues in respective trade areas.
  • Participate in various international meetings, such as the IMS Animal Care Meeting and the Sustainable Meat Committee.
  • Develop and maintain continuous professional contact with relevant individual government trade regulation officials and with officials of bodies, such as the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) and International Meat Secretariat (IMS).

ICTR Accomplishments

  • The ICTR has used the available science to facilitate reciprocal agreements for products to be exported and imported in and out of countries.
  • The ICTR has met with government officials and has created awareness for pending trade issues in various countries.
  • In addition to aiding national and regional associates at their request,the ICTR has aided companies in countries that do not have national casing associations in contacting their governments in lobbying various trade barrier issues.
  • The ICTR has expedited export certificates and updates of certificates.


The ICTR consists of: Chairman (appointed by INSCA Chairman with a right to vote), Legal Counsel (De facto), Executive Director (De facto), and appointed regional delegates. Delegates represent a fair balance of regions and need not be specifically linked to any associations although regional association participation is encouraged. Delegates to the ICTR are appointed to the committee on a volunteer basis to serve without restrictions, for a period of one year to be extended by mutual consent and must be members of INSCA as representatives of their respective regions. INSCA members are welcomed and encouraged to attend all ICTR meetings be it bringing forth a trade issue in their country or region or simply for ideas or input.
The ICTR also has an in-house Regulatory Advisor, with an extensive background in international trade regulations and contacts in various governmental trade authorities throughout regions. The Regulatory advisor not only serves the ICTR committee but is available to provide any needed information to member and most non-members inquiries that INSCA receives.

Operating Procedures:

In the event of a trade disruption, Depending on the particular issue, please follow these recommended procedures, not totally and necessarily in this order:

  1. Notify export country’s Meat or Natural Casings Association of the issue.
  2. Notify export country’s Competent Authority agency responsible for issuing an export Health Certificate of the issue (It is preferable for the Competent Authority responsible for issuing health certificates to contact their counterpart in the import country’s Competent Authority. INSCA/ ICTR may be able to assist in contacting the relevant Competent Authority)
  3. Identify import country’s Competent Authority agency responsible for import conditions. Contact or arrange meeting with import country’s agency/representative responsible for import requirements and discuss issue.
  4. Notify import country’s importer, Casings Association, and meat association. (They may be able to assist by lobbying the import country’s Competent Authority. In any approach to the import country’s Competent Authority, the issue should be clearly and objectively described. Resolution of the particular issue should be explored, and advice for longer term minimization of any future disruptions sought)
  5. Notify INSCA/ICTR of issue (Fill in form and send to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! ). Clearly identify the reason for the disruption (e.g. stated disease concern, missing Health certificate endorsement, non- acceptance of OIE categorization of a disease, others etc.)
    In the event of non- resolution, the Casings associations and INSCA/ICTR should be advised, and a longer term strategy to address the trade disruption considered (e.g. political lobbying in import and/or export countries, refer to OIE Trade Department, consideration of WTO appeal by aggrieved country.)


The ICTR is an entity within INSCA and has no independent authority to take any legal actions in any matter. Its mandate is to strive to promote cohesiveness and facilitation in trade regulations of casings. These efforts will be accomplished by lobbying, communications, and the presentation of science to relevant government authorities and non government entities. In addition, the ICTR will aid regional and/or country associations as requested in their strategic planning, and preparation and presentation to their government authorities of information on practices and/or policies affecting trade in natural casings specific to their country or region.


Canada: has agreed to allow beef casing from South America from countries that have Reciprocal Agreements with; Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. Even though Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have FMD, the product will be allowed to be exported to Canada if exporters follow the salting process which is recommended by the FMD study which has demonstrated that there is no chance of spreading the virus. Note: The slaughterhouses from which they receive the product must be approved by CFIA

Netherlands – ICTR assisted in getting an updated certificate for hog casing from Holland to Australia

South Africa - ICTR worked with the South African government authorities on acceptable certification for the importation of casings from Brazil. ICTR continues to clarify which countries have been accepted by South Africa to utilize natural salt rather than the P salt, while still retaining South African access.

Ireland – Russia has imposed widespread trade restrictions, on a lot of food items including casings. ICTR has directly communicated with the Irish government on this issue and confirmed that it has completed a review of the Russian Federation communications on prohibition of trade. The outcome of the review concluded that additional information in the Presidential Decree removed the prohibition on treated casings into the Russian Federation and Customs Union. An Irish Trader Notice (Regulatory Advice) was issued to all Irish meat plants and to all veterinary staff on the issue.

New Zealand – The New Zealand government asked INSCA to provide comment and input into its revised Import Standards for casings.

The IMS has officially recognized INSCA as an important meat industry representative body by formally requesting its position and input on the Climate Change issue.

The ICTR represents INSCA at the General Assembly meeting of the OIE every May by invitation from the IMS, highlighting INSCA prominence to global Competent Authority representatives and conducting constructive bi-lateral discussions.

ICTR has published a two page article on Natural Casings, in the October 2015 edition of Fleischwirtschaft International.
ICTR accepted an IMS invitation to attend a meeting on Meat Sustainability, in Paris in May 2016
ICTR has attended the IMS World meat Congress in Uruguay in November, 2016.
ICTR has worked with a number of individual natural casings associations, eg, Australia, UK, Brazil, Romania, to assist their communication on relevant issues with key government agencies and officials.
INSCA has been invited to make a presentation to the 2018 World Meat Congress.

INSCA (Chairman and Scientific Advisor) as well as representatives of the South African casings industry met with South African government regulatory officials to discuss and promote the acceptance by South Africa of natural salt as an effective treatment for casings from China, instead of the present requirement for use of P treated salt. Meeting was productive, but further outcome will depend on completion of pending scientific research.


Ms. Barbara Negron

Mr. Marcio Matta

Mr. David Moses

Mr. Youssef El Shatby

Mr. Jonathan Hirst,
Ms. Heike Molkenthin
Mr. Marcus Kienast

Mr. K.H. Khalid

Mr. Yozo Kawamura,

Mr. Li Xizhong,

Ms. Julie Billon,
Mr. Phil Corrigan
Mr. Yuri Kozin,

The semi-annual meeting this year will be held October 15 – 18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, FAENA Hotel and hosted by EURO SA. All members are welcomed to attend. The ICTR and ISWG encourage attendance, participation and ideas form members or perhaps simply come and do some business. Registration forms and further information will be available by August 2015.

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