A teleconference with Deputy Executive Director of Bulgarian Food Safety Agency Nikolay Rosnev regarding lifting temporary restrictions on supplies of the Bulgarian plant products of high phytosanitary risk to Russia took place on the initiative of the Rosselkhoznadzor on September 7, 2019. The issue was raised by the Bulgarian party at the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Bulgarian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.
During the negotiations the Rosselkhoznadzor reminded the Bulgarian party that the restrictive measures were introduced in connection with the cases detected in 2015 on forging the Bulgarian phytosanitary certificates accompanying the products under quarantine, and these products were infected with objects quarantinable for Russia.
Regarding the situation that led to imposition of restrictions, Nikolay Rosnev explained that all the documents received from the Rosselkhoznadzor were forwarded to the investigating authorities of Bulgaria. The investigation showed that the products imported to Russia were not of Bulgarian origin. Moreover, the manufacturing establishments specified in the certificate are not engaged in business activity on the territory of the country, nor the inspectors that issued the documents.
Nikolay Rosnev explained that Bulgaria is interested in trade expansion and lifting of restrictions. In particular, as regards the list of high risk phytosanitary products, the country is interested in supplies of medicinal plants to Russia.
The supplies of plant products of low phytosanitary risk are currently carried out from Bulgaria to Russia, in particular tobacco raw material, sunflower seeds, dried nettle leaves and other products. In 2019 about 2 thousand tons of these products were exported to Russia.
The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed its readiness to consider the resumption of high risk phytosanitary products supply from Bulgaria to Russia in the near future and asked to send samples of phytosanitary certificates to the Service. Moreover, the parties agreed to review the mechanism of authenticity confirmation of the documents, accompanying plant products imported to Russia.
In conclusion the parties thanked for positive outcomes and expressed satisfaction with the dialogue, hope for trade cooperation development and mutual interests in familiarization with the system of phytosanitary surveillance in Russia and Bulgaria.