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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Ambassador of Colombia

On the 18th of August, 2017 negotiations were held between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Embassy of Colombia. The Russian side was represented by Deputy Head of the Federal Service Konstantin Savekov, the Colombian side was represented by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alfonso Caballero. FMD situation in Colombia was one of the subjects raised by the two sides. The Colombian ambassador handed over a set of documents with information on the measures taken by the Colombian services to eradicate 3 FMD outbreaks. Totally 3500 cattle were subject to emergency slaughter.

Due to the fact that since the 11th of June the OIE has officially suspended the “status of FMD free zone with vaccination” (that was previously valid for the main part of Colombia including livestock zones along the Atlantic coast producing beef for export), Alfonso Caballero expressed hope that Colombia would reinstate its status in the OIE as soon as possible. The Russian side noted in its turn that it encouraged Colombia’s intention to clarify FMD situation and it expected successful solution to the issue of reinstating the status of the country with an FMD –free zone with vaccination.  As soon as the status is reinstated, it will be possible to consider a possibility to lift restrictions imposed on supplies of products posing FMD risks.

The Rosselkhoznadzor noted that Russia is keen that the officially recognized and reinstated OIE status of the country with an FMD-free zone without vaccination should be maintained. In addition to it, the sides discussed harmonization of 2 memoranda with two competent authorities of Colombia  (El Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos и INSTITUTO COLOMBIANO AGROPECUARIO (INVIMA and ICA)) and agreed to intensify mutual cooperation in the field. During the negotiations the Russian side informed his Excellency that electronic veterinary certification will be in operation from the 1st of January, 2018 throughout the whole territory of Russia. Alongside with it, the Rosselkhoznadzor seeks to increase cooperation with its trade partners in the field of practical use of electronic certification. Most successful cooperation has been built with such countries as Brazil, China, Chile, and Argentine. Corresponding proposal to establish informational cooperation was sent to the Colombian competent authorities.

The Colombian side confirmed its interest in this field and informed that it would be ready for technical video consultations with the Rosselkhoznadzor on all aspects after examination of the received information and its thorough analysis. During the negotiations the Rosselkhoznadzor confirmed the receipt of the ICA letter containing suggestions on amendments to the model veterinary certificate required for  import of products to the Eurasian Economic Union namely in the part on laboratory monitoring of products intended for export to Russia for radiological parameters. The Rosselkhoznadzor will prepare the official response and forward it to the ICA in the near future. However, the Rosselkhoznadzor Deputy Head underlined that the requirements were the same for all the countries exporting fish products to the Eurasian Economic Union and they are included in the National monitoring plan depending on the radiation situation in the exporting country. The Colombian side also expressed its interest in extending the list of establishments authorized to export aquaculture to Russia. The Rosselkhoznadzor reminded that 5 Colombian aquaculture establishments were inspected in 2008 but only one establishment was recommended by experts for export to Russia. The Rosselkhoznadzor confirmed that this aspect could be addressed after start of supplies from previously listed fish processing establishments and based on monitoring of products from the mentioned establishment exporting to the Russian Federation and based on the EEC inspection, if necessary.

At the end of the meeting the sides expressed hope for bilateral trade facilitation and turnover increase. 

Aug 18, 2017

Categorys: Veterinary , Administration , Events , Import. Export. Transit