On September 4-7, 2018 the 7th meeting of the Russian-Chinese Permanent Working Group on Cooperation in the Field of Veterinary Surveillance, Phytosanitary Control and Food Safety was held in Sochi.
The Russian side was represented by Konstantin Savenkov, Deputy Head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, the Chinese side – by Mr. Wang Lingjan, Deputy Head of the General Administration of Customs of the Chinese People's Republic (GACC).
During the meeting the parties discussed the procedure for signing of protocols on mutual poultry meat and dairy products shipments as well as a wide range of issues regarding access to Russian and Chinese food markets.
After risk analysis the Chinese side changed its view on the Russian FMD regionalization and on lifting of restrictions on the Russian regions free from the above-mentioned disease. This procedure would enable Russia to export beef and venison to China. It would also allow lifting the restriction on the import of boneless beef meat from Russia to China that was imposed due to lumpy skin disease outbreaks.
The Chinese party confirmed the possibility of using the current veterinary certificate for import of live food frogs to China from Russian establishments approved by the GACC.
During the talks the Rosselkhoznadzor received the normative documents on import of apiculture products and baby food which it requested beforehand. The procedure for opening access to live breeding and commercial cattle and its genetic materials will be forwarded to the Rosselkhoznadzor in the nearest time.
The sides discussed shipments of non-food products, feeds and feed additives from Russia to China and the updating procedure for lists of Russian and Chinese fish- and sea-food processing plants which export to China and Russia respectively. They also considered lifting temporary restrictions placed previously for authorized Chinese establishments manufacturing such products.
The meeting concluded with signing of a respective protocol.
Considering mutual concerns about ASF outbreaks among domestic pigs in China, Konstantin Savenkov and Mr. Wang Lingjan drafted a joint declaration on crossborder diseases of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states and expressed a shared view that the given document would enhance cooperation in the field of veterinary safety between the member states of the Organisation including Russia and China.
The questions of the Russian grain export to China were also touched upon.
Regarding the joint work on increasing the number of Russian regions authorized for export of wheat to China, the Chinese party expressed its willingness to include Kurgan region into the cited list after necessary modifications in the Protocol on phytosanitary requirements for wheat exported from Russia to China were made. The Protocol was signed on November 1st, 2017 in Beijing.
Other Russian regions would gain access to export according to the established procedure after the Rosselkhoznadzor submits information on a quarantine and phytosanitary state in the regions interested in exporting wheat to China and after Chinese specialists carry out audits of production sites, processing plants and storage sites of wheat.
To expand the range of plant products exported from Russia to China, the parties agreed on modifications in the draft Protocol on phytosanitary requirements to beetroot pulp (the parties reached the agreement to sign the cited Protocol till the end of 2018).
Taking into account the increasing interest of a number of Russian establishments in exporting feeds and their components to China, the Rosselkhoznadzor submitted a draft Protocol on phytosanitary requirements to soybean, canola and sunflower meals to the Chinese party for deliberation. In the nearest time the Chinese party will receive information on Russian establishments willing to export the above-mentioned products to China.
At the end of the meeting the parties expressed their satisfaction with the work done as well as their hope for successful cooperation between the competent organs of two states.