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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Main State Inspectorate for Seed Production, Quarantine and Plant Protection in Belarus

The negotiations were held on the 19th of December and were devoted to finding a solution to the situation related to phytosanitary safety of plant products circulating between Russian and Belarus. The Russian side was represented by Alexander Isayev, Head of the Directorate for Phytosanitary Surveillance, Seed Control and Grain Quality and the Belarus side was represented by Deputy Head of the State Seed Production, Quarantine and Plant Protection Inspection of the Republic of Belarus. During the negotiations the parties reached a basic agreement to implement Rosselkhoznadzor’s information system “Argus-Phyto” in the Republic of Belarus that will help to monitor on-line all the issued phytosanitary certificates for plant products thus ensuring traceability of the products and protection from unreliable certification.

The Rosselkhoznadzor demonstrated interface of the information system with the special module for the Belarus colleagues. Russian experts will train Belarus colleagues to use the Argus-phyto system. The sides determined time limits for the pilot project and those points in Russia and Belarus that shall be the first ones to start issuing phytosanitary certificates. Technical peculiarities of the Argus-phyto system will be discussed during forthcoming meetings. The Belarus and Russian sides reached an agreement to involve other CU members into certification within Agrus-phyto, paying special attention to the Kazakh colleagues. It was noted that only trilateral format shall be a starting point to solve the issue of fake transit of products. Alexander Isayev noted that products with falsified phytosanitary certificates of the country of origin are still being transported thus suggesting that the Belarus colleagues had not carried out any analysis of the accompanying documents of the third countries for their authenticity. In addition to the already mentioned Albanian documents Alexander Isayev informed about the Chilean ones, Turkish and Israeli falsified certificates used by the Russian side as a basis to certify consignments and demonstrated their copies marked by the Belarus side. Regardless of the request previously made by the Rosselkhoznadzor about the number of “forgeries” detected within the phytosanitary control provided by the Belarus side, Alexander Isayev could not give any detailed answer. He emphasized that Belarus is ready to further look for solutions to all the issues arising within transportation of plant products to Russia. In particular, mobile control checkpoints have been operating in Belarus since the 28th of November. These checkpoints take all the measures required for the products transported between the two countries without phytosanitary documents. 

The parties also discussed the need to speed up informational cooperation and communication about the arising problems.

 

Dec 19, 2014

Categorys: Phytosanitary , Administration , Seed control