The negotiations between Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade of Peru Sayuri Bayona were held on March, 25 at the Embassy of the Republic of Peru in Russia in Moscow.
During the meeting Sayuri Bayona noted that the main purpose of the visit to Russia of a delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Peru is to strengthen trade cooperation between the countries and expand the presence of Peruvian producers on the Russian food market. Peru is currently exporting fish, shrimps, avocados, tangerines, mangoes, grapes and other fruits to Russia. In monetary terms, Peru’s exports to Russia amounted to $ 127.8 million in 2018, with 30% increase compared to last year.
According to Sergey Dankvert, imports from Peru could reach $ 150 million in 2019. At the same time, in many product positions there are still good prospects for increasing the volume of supplies to the Russian market. First of all, we are talking about citrus fruits, canned mollusks and crustaceans, as well as fruit concentrates.
It was also noted that with compliance with all the requirements of the legislation of Russia and the EAEU, it is possible to organize the supply of egg and finished meat products.
Regarding the expansion of the list of companies that are authorized for export of fish products to Russia, the Rosselkhoznadzor said that at the suggestion of the Peruvian side it would be able to inspect them this year.
In addition, the Russian Ministry expressed its willingness to continue the practice started in 2014, of training inspectors from the central and regional offices of the Peruvian competent authority, specialists of testing laboratories and fish processing establishments in the field of veterinary legislation of Russia and the EAEU. Then about 200 people took part in the training courses. Similar seminars may be held in the framework of the forthcoming inspection in 2019.
The head of the Rosselkhoznadzor also drew the attention of the Peruvian side to the existing export opportunities of the Russian agro-industrial complex. Today Russia supplies wheat and fertilizers to Peru but the country’s potential in this direction is much greater.
The Peruvian side expressed interest in expanding the range of products supplied from Russia and announced its readiness to organize a meeting of representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor with Peruvian companies - potential importers during the aforementioned inspection.
In conclusion, the parties discussed options for further interaction and agreed to meet on the margins of the OIE General Session which is traditionally held in May in Paris, should issues arise that require resolution. The Peruvian side also announced that it plans to present its products at the Worldfood Moscow exhibition (September 24-27), as well as take part in the International Fisheries Forum, which will be held in St. Petersburg on July 10-11.