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Results of Rosselkhoznadzor Delegation Visit to the Republic of Lithuania

For the purpose of reviewing the system of state quarantine phytosanitary control of regulated products of plant origin the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation visited the Republic of Lithuania (Vilnius) from 19 to 20 December, 2017.

Within the technical consultations with the executives of the National Plant Protection Organization of the Republic of Lithuania (NPPO), the delegation of the Rosselkhoznadzor reviewed the phytosanitary certification system for consignments delivered to the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

The Russian side was shown the information system "FRIS" that is used for issuance of export and re-export phytosanitary certificates, as well as for authorization of phytosanitary certificates to the countries where plant products originate from.

The Rosselkhoznadzor delegation drew the attention of Lithuanian colleagues to the prevention of supplies of contaminated plant products of high phytosanitary risk (code 06, 07, 08 FEACN EAEC) to the territory of the Russian Federation.

The Rosselkhoznadzor representatives paid a special attention to the procedure of issuance by the NPPO of the Republic of Lithuania of re-export phytosanitary certificates for consignments of plant products of high phytosanitary risk (codes 07, 08 FEACN EAEC) originating in the third countries and intended for deliveries to the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation.

The NPPO of the Republic of Lithuania indicated the need to carry out activities aimed at establishing the true origin of fruit and vegetable products in order to prevent the issuance of phytosanitary certificates for "sanctioned" plant products.

In particular, the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation drew the attention of Lithuanian colleagues to cases of deliveries of uncharacteristic plant products of unknown origin under the Jordanian guise from Lithuania to Russia. It was also pointed out that it is necessary to carry out control activities with regard to unscrupulous exporters with the involvement of relevant official bodies.

During the talks, the importance of work interaction and information exchange between the services was emphasized. One of the results of this cooperation was the decision by the State Plant Crop Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania to suspend the issuance of re-export phytosanitary certificates at one of the Vilnius terminals in connection with the identification of falsification in the country of origin of plant products of high phytosanitary risk. The NPPO of Lithuania informed the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives about its readiness to conduct unscheduled inspections at all Lithuanian customs terminals. The Lithuanian party undertook to provide information following the results of the inspections conducted.

During the visit the Russian delegation visited the quarantine phytosanitary inspection posts for regulated products of high phytosanitary risk originating in the Republic of Lithuania and third countries and intended for further export to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

The Rosselkhoznadzor representatives pointed out the existing incompliances, that, as it was assured by the Lithuanian side, will be eliminated in the shortest time possible.

At the end of the visit, the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation visited the plant quarantine testing laboratory in Vilnius, where they were familiarized with the methods and diagnostic tools for quarantine organisms.

The Rosselkhoznadzor expresses gratitude to Lithuanian colleagues for constructive dialogue and organization of the meeting.

 

Dec 22, 2017

Categorys: Phytosanitary