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Video Conference between Rosselkhoznadzor and Representatives of Republic of Argentina on Implementation of EAEU Uniform Documents in Plant Quarantine

On December 20, 2017 a video conference with the participation of the specialists of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance and the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA) of the Republic of Argentina took place on the initiative of the Argentine party. The representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Embassy of the Republic of Argentina in the Russian Federation were also present at the conference. Issues concerning the implementation of the Uniform Phytosanitary Requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union were discussed during the talks.

Within the framework of the said event the parties discussed measures proposed by the National Plant Protection Organization of the Republic of Argentina (the NPPO of Argentina) as regards easing of the phytosanitary requirements set out in the provisions of the Uniform Quarantine Phytosanitary Requirements for products and objects subject to quarantine at the customs border and the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union approved by the Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission dated November 30, 2016 No. 157 with respect to Argentine corn, sunflower and pulse seeds, food potatoes, soybeans, fresh and dried grapes, fresh fruits and fresh blueberry in particular.

The Russian party and the representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission provided clarification on measures proposed by the Argentine party and drew attention to the fact that the Uniform Phytosanitary Requirements were scientifically and technically based and harmonized with the international legislation in the field of plant quarantine.

The Russian party elaborated on the new phytosanitary requirements effective as on July 1, 2017 and specified that the measures had been implemented gradually since November, 2016 and the Argentine party had had time to get prepared for their implementation.

A representative of the Eurasian Economic Commission noted that the requirements had been developed during 5 years involving the specialists from other countries, publically discussed and made available to the public so that trading partner countries could familiarize themselves with them; the requirements had also been notified within the World Trade Organization.

As mentioned by a representative of the Rosselkhoznadzor, an important condition for the implementation of the EAEU phytosanitary requirements was the control of crops during the whole period of vegetation, including laboratory tests, conducted by the Argentine competent authority.

The parties discussed the notions of a free area, a free place of production and a free production site mentioned in the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures with respect to their use in practice in order to ensure their unequivocal interpretation, as well as accurate completion of Section II. Additional Declaration of the phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Argentina.

According to the existing phytosanitary requirements, in case the competent authority of the Republic of Argentina conducts on-site control and laboratory testing of plant products for the detection of quarantinable objects during one year and if based on the test results a quarantinable object is not detected, this place can be recognized as free from quarantinable objects. It is necessary to note that some plant products are to be exported to the Russian Federation only from places (areas, sites) recognized as free from objects quarantinable for the Russian Federation.

The Russian party expects that the competent authorities of the Republic of Argentina will enhance control of sunflower, corn and pulse seeds and provide official guarantees that the supplied Argentine products originate from places (areas, sites) recognized as free from objects quarantinable for the Russian Federation.

The representative of the Rosselkhoznadzor noted that according to available information it was possible to identify areas free from quarantinable objects in Argentine. In its turn the Rosselkhoznadzor is waiting for the official information on tests conducted by the Argentine party.

Unofficial translations of the Uniform Regulatory Acts of the Eurasian Economic Union concerning plant quarantine were forwarded to the Argentine party through the Embassy of Argentina in Russia.

As a result of the meeting the parties agreed to continue the discussion of technical issues concerning the implementation of the Uniform Phytosanitary Requirements in formats suitable for the parties.

The Argentine party expressed gratitude to the Rosselkhoznadzor for having organized and held the meeting in such format that provided an opportunity to discuss the issues of interest at the level of technical specialists and invited the Russian specialists to visit the subordinated laboratories and familiarize themselves with the phytosanitary control system existing in the Republic of Argentina.

 

Dec 21, 2017

Categorys: Phytosanitary , Customs Union