Final consultations between Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Dr. Bi Kexin, Director General of Import and Export Food Safety Bureau of PRC General Administration of Customs (GACC) took place on January 10. Talks were held for two days in Moscow. Representatives of the RF Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Agency for Fishery and Russian industrial associations took part in the talks. The Chinese part was also presented by responsible persons of the Chinese Embassy in Moscow.
Sergey Dankvert informed that there are great prospects for Russia and China in trade and economic area, supported by friendly relations between the countries, well-established transport infrastructure, available resources and consumer demands. There is a great potential in mutual supplies of plant and animal products.
Dr. Bi Kexin promised that China would make its best efforts to boost development of trade cooperation with Russia, lift trade barriers and increase the volume and range of plant and animal product mutual supplies. It was noted that in 2019 China imported 60 thousand tons of poultry products (poultry meat and offal) from Russia. However, the country is interested in significant expansion of this volume and made a decision to increase the number of Russian producers, authorized to export poultry meat to China from 44 to 55.
Besides, the Chinese party confirmed that it finalized the harmonization of the Protocol for beef supplies and proposed to start listing Russian establishments, producing beef.
Dr. Bi Kexin highlighted that the demand in meat of different kinds is rapidly growing and the country hopes to cover it including by import from Russia.
He also proposed to draft and sign the memorandum on cooperation between the Rosselkhoznadzor and GACC and document all trade interests in all types of products and concrete steps, aimed at mutual opening of markets.
In the course of two-day negotiations, the parties also thoroughly discussed the causes of suspensions in supplies of pome, stone and citrus crops and aquaculture products.
In conclusion, the parties agreed to hold an expert seminar in March 2020 for in-depth study of import requirements of both countries for animal and plant products, exchange of knowledge and experience.