Rosselkhoznadzor - News Rosselkhoznadzor - News en Rosselkhoznadzor 2007 - 2009 (Web Admin) (Web Admin) Official veterinary control of exported Russian food products A wide range of developing agricultural companies has been formed in Russia. They are highly competitive in the food market and raise extensive funds for their development. Significant investment in large agro-industrial holdings as well as the government’s financial support, allow for the intensive ramping up of animal production. 

As a result, the industry doesn’t only meet national demand for meat and fish but also demonstrates sustained annual growth. Well-managed business processes assist in achieving better development in global agricultural markets. The intense international trade is preceded by detailed but extremely extensive operations of the Russian competent authorities. Each establishment having an intention to become an exporter is subject to detailed inspection by the Veterinary Service; first of all, the preparedness of the business operator to comply with the veterinary and sanitary requirements of an importing country is being checked. 

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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan

The meeting will take place in Moscow. During the dialogue the Russian party expressed its concern about increasing re-export of illegal products produced in countries banned for import to the Russian Federation from Kazakhstan to Russia.

The Rosselkhoznadzor has underlined that the most frequent violations are absence of labels and marks on packages, non-valid phytosanitary certificates and entry of apparently banned products.

The Kazakhstani party has assured Russian colleagues that its Ministry carries out investigations of such violations upon each request of the Rosselkhoznadzor.

During the meeting the parties have agreed that Kazakhstan should establish a permanent effective mechanism that will enable to stop re-export of the sanctions-covered products to the Russian Federation.

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Negotiations between Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan Russian-Japanese negotiations which continue active dialogue between the countries on mutually beneficial trade in animal and plant products were held on June 2, 2017.

The countries discussed some results of mutual inspections of Russian and Japanese establishments, aimed at improving trade, held in March 2017. The Japanese Party informed that to finish preparation of the preliminary report on results of the visit to Russia for assessment of the current national surveillance system ensuring veterinary and sanitary safety of poultry products intended for export to Russia it will request the Rosselkhoznadzor additional information on avian influenza. Herewith, the Japanese Party highly assessed the level of equipment at Russian establishments and compliance with veterinary and sanitary standards for product manufacturing.

The Russian Party confirmed readiness to provide Japanese colleagues with necessary data in full.

The Rosselkhoznadzor informed that it is currently studying information received in the second half of April. The information was requested during the inspection to Japan for assessing epidemic situation and safety system implemented during high quality kobe beef production. However, taking into account the amount of recieved materials and absence of translation into Russian the analysis will take a longer time. During the negotiations the Parties also discussed programmes for mutual inspections that will take place in May. Japanese experts in their turn will assess the current RF surveillance system ensuring veterinary and sanitary safety of poultry products intended for export to Russia.

In the nearest time the Rosselkhoznadzor will send to Japan answers to the questionnaires on the system of raw meat safety ensurance which is a part of risk assessment procedure.

In order to start export of Russian forage to the Japanese market the Japanese Party requested the Rosselkhoznadzor to forward it a detail description of its growing and preparation technology as well as methods of controlling quality and certification system, production volume and amount of exported corn silage feeds.

The Japanese Party also confirmed its intention to export organic fertilizers to Russia. The Rosselkhoznadzor remarked that the Eurasian Economic Commission is currently developing common requirements for import of such fertilizers to all countries of the Union. In conclusion both Parties agreed that it is important to establish most optimized and equivalent conditions for mutually beneficial trade. 

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Negotiations between Rosselkhoznadzor and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ)

Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and AQSIQ were held in Beijing on May 25-26 and dealt with the issues of supplies of Russian grain and grain products to China.

During the negotiations the parties discussed draft protocols on phytosanitary requirements for buckwheat and buckwheat grain, oats and oatmeal, sunflower seeds and oil flax seeds intended for exportation from Russia to China as these drafts had been previously amended by the Rosselkhoznadzor with due account of the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In order to start the supplies of the above mentioned products to China asap the parties agreed to make every effort for signing the protocols in 2017.

As for the extension of the list of the RF regions approved for exports of wheat the Chinese party informed the Rosselkhoznadzor of the need to submit additional information on the quarantine status of the Amur and Chelyabinsk Oblasts. Issue of registration of manufacturers, processors and storage facilities was also discussed during the meeting. According to the AQSIQ Order of 20.01.2016 No. 177 Rules for quarantine surveillance and control of imported and exported grains on the border (enforcement date 01.07.2016) the foreign manufacturers and processors exporting grain and grain products to PRC that are subject to registration can be recommended by the national (or regional) competent authority of the exporting country as soon as such national (or regional) competent authorities check the plants for their compliance with the standards and PRC requirements. If necessary the Chinese party also performs the inspection and registration of the plants. In view of the above mentioned requirements the parties agreed to the need of amending the Protocols signed between the Rosselkhoznadzor and AQSIQ as for phytosanitary requirements for wheat, corn, rice, soya and rape that are exported from Russia to China (signed in December 2015).

As for access of Russian beet pulp exporters, the parties agreed on the inspection of such plants to be performed by the Chinese experts. The Chinese party will examine the possibility of the above mentioned inspection to be performed in September-October, 2017.

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Forthcoming Negotiations Between the Rosselkhoznadzor and General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China Negotiations with the AGSIQ officials are to be held in Beijing, China, on May 25-26, 2017 in the context of ongoing Rosselkhoznadzor activities aimed at promotion of Russian grains and products thereof to the Chinese market. Problematic issues of Russian grain product export to the People’s Republic of China will be tackled during the negotiations.

The Rosselkhoznadzor delegation will be headed by Olga Zakharova, Directorate for Land Surveillance, Grain Quality and Safety Control. The following aspects are planned to be discussed during the negotiations:

- extending of the list of the Russian regions, first of all the Amur and Chelyabinsk Oblasts, interested in wheat export to China;

-agreeing of draft protocols on phytosanitary requirements regulating export of buckwheat/buckwheat groats, oats/oat flakes, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds;

-amendments to the maintenance procedure for the List of Russian producers/exporters interested in export of wheat, maize, rice, soya, rape to China as well as respective grain storage facilities performed by the Rosselkhoznadzor;

-access of Russian barley as well as grain products to the Chinese market.

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Opening of the Brazilian Market for Russian Fish Products

The meeting between representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture was held on May 22-23, 2017 in the framework of the 10th meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Brazilian Commission for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation.

During the meeting the parties discussed issues of exporting Russian products subject to veterinary and phytosanitary control to Brazil.

The Brazilian party officially approved export from three fish processing establishments having published the relevant information on the MOA website. The parties harmonized and initialed the veterinary certificate for import of fish and fish products from Russia to Brazil. The Brazilian party confirmed that the approved establishments can start exporting these products to Brazil.

The Rosselkhoznadzor in its turn expressed a request to look into possibility of extending the list of Russian fish product exporters basing on the guaranties provided by the Competent Authorities. The Brazilian party leaves open such a possibility and is ready to work on the above basing on mutually beneficial cooperation.

During the meeting the parties discussed Russian grain export to the Brazilian market. Due to difficulties the Russian exporters experience when exporting wheat to Brazil and upon the results of analyzing Brazilian phytosanitary requirements the Russian party suggested to amend them by excluding several quarantine objects and allowing presence of Canada thistle in Russian wheat consignments intended for export to Brazil. To rapidly settle the issue of Russian wheat export to the Brazilian market the Rosselkhoznadzor plans to arrange the talks between technical experts in the nearest time.

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Negotiations between Konstantin Savenkov and Bernardo Jaén Hernández, Director General of National Animal Health Service, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Republic of Costa Rica

Working meeting between Konstantin Savenkov, Rosselkhoznadzor Deputy Head, and Bernardo Jaén Hernández, Director General of the National Animal Health Service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Costa Rica was held on May 22, 2017 as part of the 85th General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The meeting was initiated by the Costa-Rican party.

The parties discussed potential enlisting of the Costa-Rican establishments manufacturing animal food products (beef, poultry meat, fish and dairy products) in the list of foreign establishments approved for exportation to the EEU and Russian Federation. The Russian party informed that this issue can be reviewed as soon as all necessary data are submitted including those requested following the inspection in 2012 and after the next inspection of such establishments.

As for the extension of the range of products supplied by the Costa-Rican dairy and meat-processing establishments to the Russian Federation, it was also mentioned that in order to finalize this procedure the Costa-Rican party is to check the establishments for their compliance with the regulations and requirements of the EEU and Russian Federation and to provide documentary supported safety guarantees as for the products exported from these establishments.

In addition, in view of the growing volumes of the Russian livestock products exported into the foreign countries, the Russian party also asked for clarification of Costa Rican import procedure and for information on regulatory documents on supplies of foreign products. Mr Hernández assured of his readiness to submit the list of necessary requirements and procedures for importation of specific types of products from Russia.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Experts Start Inspection of Turkish Establishments The Rosselkhoznadzor delegation that arrived in Turkey the previous night has started inspections of local establishments for fruit and vegetable crop production that are interested in supplies to the Russian market.

Today they have inspected three establishments in the Antalya area: two establishments for squash and lettuce production and one packing establishment. By the end of the week the experts will visit other 15 establishments near Izmir and Mersin. During the inspection the experts of the Russian veterinary authority primarily check compliance with phytosanitary requirements and for absence of quarantine pests in products ready to be supplied to the Russian Federation. During this inspection the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists inspect major establishments for crop production of such cultures as lettuce (Lactuca sativa), iceberg lettuce, bell pepper, squash, pumpkin. These are the products that come under temporary restrictions that were introduced by the Rosselkhoznadzor due to the fact that the products imported from Turkey contained dangerous quarantine pests listed in Russia. Thus, in 2015 there were 149 cases of violation of the international and Russian legislation identified in plant supplies from the Republic of Turkey to the Russian Federation. After the entry into force of the RF Government Decree 1296 as of 30 November 2015 “On measures on implementation of Presidential Decree 583 of the Russian Federation as of 28 November 2015 ”On measures to ensure Russia’s national security and protection of Russian citizens against criminal and other illegal acts and on the application of special economic measures against the Republic of Turkey” which restricts import of some plant products originating in Turkey to the Russian Federation, the Rosselkhoznadzor systematically detected plant products which were not subject to the abovementioned decree and were contaminated with quarantine pests.

In this regard in order to retain phytosanitary well-being of Russia and pursuant to the international agreements in the field of plant quarantine, the Rosselkhoznadzor introduced and still implements temporary restrictions on entry of the following plant products of Turkish origin:

- from March 17, 2016 –  sweet peppers (bell type) (FEACH 0709601000) and pomegranate (FEACH 0810909800),

- from  April 25, 2016 – eggplants (FEACH 07093000);

- from May 16, 2016 – cabbage lettuce (head lettuce) (EEU Code 070511) and iceberg lettuce (EEU Code 070993);

- from May 19, 2016 – squash, pumpkin and gourds (Cucurbita spp.) (EEU Code 070993);

- from July 4, 2016 – tomatoes (EEU Code 0702).

In the viewpoint of plant quarantine provision the situation is complicated as in the Republic of Turkey there is an export system of agricultural products under which major exporting companies sell products grown by small-scale companies. Packing stations accumulate regulated products supplied from all parts of Turkey, having unidentified phytosanitary status, and that doesn’t provide effective system of phytosanitary control of exports from the Republic of Turkey. The inspection results will be presented in Moscow after the delegation is back and inspection report is carefully studied.

For information:

In 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor detected 7 cases of Mediterranean fruit fly in grapefruit, tangerines, oranges and quince.

In 2016 the Rosselkhoznadzor detected 53 cases of two quarantine pests in regulated products not subject to the abovementioned regulation:

- western flower thrips in sweet peppers – 16 cases, cabbage – 9 cases; eggplants – 7 cases; lettuce – 5 cases; squash – 6 cases.

- Mediterranean fruit fly in pomegranates, grapefruit, tangerines and oranges – 10 cases.

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Representatives of the Saudi Food & Drug Authority are going to Inspect Russian Establishments Interested in Export of their Animal Products

On May 15-23 the Representatives of the Saudi Food & Drug Authority are going to visit Russia to assess and familiarize themselves with the Russian system of quality and safety control at establishments producing beef, poultry products and ready-to-eat meat products, as well as to assess risks of the product access to the Saudi Arabia market.

In accordance with the program agreed upon between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Saudi Competent authority, the Saudi delegation will visit Russian processing establishments located in 4 Subjects of the Russian Federation: Moscow, Bryansk and Penza Oblasts and the Stavropol Krai. Also they are going to visit cattle fattening farms, poultry raising farms and an interoblast veterinary laboratory; as well as to study the effectiveness of antiepidemic measures taken by the Russian Veterinary Service.

The first meeting with the Saudi inspectors is to take place today, on May 15, 2017. In the course of the meeting the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives will provide details on the following subjects:

— structure of Veterinary Service in the Russian Federation;

— planning and implementation of food safety and quality monitoring in the Russian Federation;

— animal welfare;

— information technology and food safety.

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The Rosselkhoznadzor’s Forthcoming Visit to the Republic of Turkey

The Rosselkhoznadzor’s delegation will visit the Republic of Turkey on May 14-20, 2017 to acquaint with the main producers of pepper, salad, lettuce, Iceberg lettuce, pumpkins and marrows and to assess their measures for compliance with Russian phytosanitary requirements for export of the products to the Russian Federation. The visit will be based on the results of the analysis of the list of the establishments meeting the Russian legislative requirements submitted by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock as previously agreed.

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Negotiations between Rosselkhoznadzor and Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA)

A conference call was held between officials of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA). The Russian side confirmed its interest in arranging inspections of Russian meat processing plants (processing beef, mutton, poultry meat) keen to export to Saudi Arabia and ensuring compliance with corresponding export requirements.

During the negotiations the Rosselkhoznadzor clarified the details about the audit team and requested data for SFDA delegation visa support. The SFDA officials pledged to send the requested information as soon as possible.

The SFDA representatives expressed their intention to inspect 5 livestock producers (poultry meat, including turkey meat, meat from cattle and small ruminants), to visit farms, feedlots, slaughter-houses and meat-processing plants. In addition to it, they also will familiarize themselves with the work of the veterinary laboratories and the Rosselkhoznadzor territorial administrations.

In order to provide more detailed information to the SFDA delegation about the system of control of epizootic situation in the Russian Federation  and the system of veterinary surveillance and food safety the two sides agreed to hold an opening meeting for the SFDA delegation in the FGBI ARRIAH (Federal Centre for Animal Health) subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor. 

Some technical issues were also raised during the conference call. In particular, the Rosselkhoznadzor reminded that on the 21st of March, 2017 the Russian side had sent completed SFDA questionnaire to the SDFA experts. The SFDA officials confirmed that they had received the materials. In addition, the SFDA representatives promised to send to the Rosselkhoznadzor draft veterinary certificates for all types of meat products that the Russian producers are keen to export. The sides further discussed dates of the inspection. It is tentatively scheduled for 15 -23 May, 2017. However, the final decision will be made as soon as some organizational issues are solved.

Taking into account the above-mentioned information, all the participants of the foreign trade activities keen to export meat products to Saudi Arabia (meat from cattle and small ruminants, poultry and products thereof) and ensuring compliance with the export requirements of Saudi Arabia for the abovementioned products, should officially submit an official request to the Rosselkhoznadzor (given the tight deadlines for the preparation of the inspection not later than the 4th of May, 2017) and to the Rosselkhoznadzor territorial administrations responsible for the business operators in order to carry out pre-inspection of the plants for their compliance with the SA veterinary and sanitary requirements. The SA veterinary requirements are available on the official web-site of the Service in Section “Import. Export. Transit. – Saudi Arabia – Export”.

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Results of Negotiations between Rosselkhoznadzor Representatives and Experts of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Hong Kong

On April 28, 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives held a working meeting with the experts of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR).

The parties discussed a number of key issues related to the Russian meat product access to the Hong Kong market. The Rosselkhoznadzor officials submitted all necessary documents and data on the assessment of the system used for safety surveillance and control during beef, pork and poultry meat production for their revision by the Hong Kong party.

The Hong Kong party further submitted regulatory documents on the requirements applied for meat product importation in Hong Kong.

The parties discussed in detail the procedure for poultry product access to the market. Representatives of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong SAR gave a promise to review the submitted data asap in order to take a decision on the Russian poultry meat admittance to the Hong Kong market and on possible application of AI regionalization.

The Hong Kong counterparts also mentioned that no veterinary certification is required in case of ready-to-eat meat product importation.

Draft veterinary certificate for exported beef was discussed during the negotiations. It is scheduled to be initialed during the 65th General Session of the OIE in Paris in the end of May this year. Inspection of the Russian beef producing plants by the Hong Kong inspectors was also prearranged for the second half of 2017.

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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor Officials and Alex Diaz Mamani, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Plurinational State of Bolivia

The negotiations were held in Moscow on April 17, 2017 at the initiative of the Bolivian party. The representatives of the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture also took part in the negotiations.

The parties discussed broad range of aspects of cooperation and trade and economic relation facilitation between Russia and Bolivia.

Alex Diaz Mamani has informed that some major industrial projects with participation of the Russian companies are being implemented in Bolivia and it would be good Russian companies to be active in agriculture, one of the important industries of the country. Besides nuts and citrus fruits exported to the Russian market the Bolivian agroproducres are interested in export of quinoa, maize, soya, pineapples, banana, fruit juice as well as products of animal origin including beef, mutton, llama and chicken meat.

The Russian party noted that it closely followed up the implementation of Bolivian President, Evo Morales’s plans on national agroindustrial complex development and expanding of international trade. The Russian Federation has established a strong partnership with several South American countries that are Bolivia’s neighbors namely Brazil, Argentine, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and Paraguay. There are currently pre-conditions for building effective relations with Bolivia.

The Russian Federation is interested in direct supplies of tropic fruit and seasonal vegetables from Bolivia providing compliance with the Russian quarantine phytosanitary standard and requirements. During the negotiations the Rosselkhoznadzor officials provided detailed explanations of the procedure for export of such products to Russian market and proposed the Bolivian party to consider implementation of the ARGUS-PHYTO electronic information system that facilitates the border clearance of incoming products. The Rosselkhoznadzor also requested the Bolivian party to send detailed information on amounts and nomenclature of possible plant product supplies and logistics.

Regarding to animal products not previously exported from Bolivia to Russia, the Rosselkhoznadzor officials explained the procedures for their access to the Russian market and promised to carefully analyze the answers to the questionnaire previously forwarded to SENASAG, Bolivian supervisory service, stressing that the inspection of Bolivian meat processing establishments and their possible inclusion in the List of  establishments authorized for export to Russia could be considered only after analysis of the provided materials.

Mr. Alex Diaz Mamani has underlined that the Bolivian Embassy to the Russian Federation intends to contribute the establishment of direct contacts between the Bolivian competent authorities and Rosselkhoznadzor in order to speed-up procedures related to supplies of various plant and animal products.

The Russian party indicated that Bolivian business circles’ participation to the major food exhibitions such as PRODEXPO, WorldFood Moscow and Golden Autumn annually held in Moscow and supported by the RF Ministry of Agriculture could facilitate establishment of contacts between Russian importers and Bolivian exporters of agriculture products.

Experience sharing and Bolivian experts’ training at the veterinary and plant quarantine research institutions subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor could be another area of cooperation.

In conclusion, the parties appreciated the constructive dialogue and expressed the hope for establishment of mutually beneficial trade relations between Bolivia and Russia.

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Iraqi Inspection to Russia Completed A closing meeting between the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Iraq and the Rosselkhoznadzor was held on the 6th of April, in Moscow. The meeting was devoted to preliminary outcomes of the visit paid to Russia with the aim of getting information on the system implemented in Russia to ensure safety of animal products. 

During the last working week of the inspection the Iraqi auditors visited a number of Russian poultry producers keen to export their products to Iraq. Representatives of the Ministry of agriculture and representatives of business communities also took part in the meeting with the Russian side.

The Iraqi side expressed gratitude to the Rosselkhoznadzor for arranging the meeting and highlighted that the carried out inspection provided an objective information about Russian producers of animal products and about the national control over them. The inspection turned out to be an essential step to establish a balanced bilateral trade system between the two countries. The Iraqi side commended high technical level of the inspected establishments and high professional level of the veterinarians. The outcomes of the carried out inspection will be compiled in a corresponding report that will be given to a special Commission for analysis, as soon as it is prepared. 

Representatives of the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture informed about their interest in diversifying Russian domestic market of animal products and stressed that they intend to facilitate contacts between business communities of the two countries. Therefore, participation of Russian food business operators in food exhibition that is due to take place in Iraq, in autumn 2017 will certainly have positive consequences. In addition to it, the Iraqi side expressed readiness to take into account Russia’s regionalization for AI and other animal diseases in order to simplify import of Russian products to Iraq. For this purpose, the materials about measures taken in Russia to control AI provided by the Rosselkhoznadzor in English at the meeting will be considered by the Iraqi side as soon as possible.

The Iraqi side also noted that it was keen to increase imports of preventive veterinary drugs from Russia that are in high demand in Iraq.

The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed gratitude to the Iraqi colleagues for constructive cooperation and clarified all the questions raised during the inspection. The Rosselkhoznadzor assured the Iraqi side that the Russian electronic certification system ensures complete traceability of consignments by the oversight bodies and totally excludes illegal supplies. The Russian side also expressed readiness to intensify cooperation through close business contacts and meetings ,the next such meeting is can be held on the sidelines of the OIE Session in Paris.

In conclusion, the sides emphasized their readiness to continue dynamic and effective cooperation contributing to trade between Russia and Iraq.

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Negotiations between Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan

A conference call was held on the 29th of March between Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Nikolai Vlasov and head of the Veterinary Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan Norio Kumagai. The conference call was a follow-up to the intensive dialogue between the two sides about mutually beneficial bilateral trade in animal and plant products.

Norio Kumagai expressed gratitude to the Rosselkhoznadzor for the inspections carried out in Japan with the purpose to assess epizootic situation and safety system used for production of high-quality kobe beef, commending the high professionalism of the Russian experts.

Nikolai Vlasov noted that the Rosselkhoznadzor is, in general, satisfied with the results of the inspections and did not detect any critical deficiencies that could be a serious barrier to export of kobe beef from the inspected Japanese establishments. The outcome of the visit will be comprehensively covered in the preliminary report that is currently being compiled by the Russian experts.

The Japanese side expressed satisfaction with its visit to Russia aimed at assessing the current national surveillance system implemented to ensure veterinary and sanitary safety of poultry products intended for export to Japan and reported that it had already started compiling the preliminary report of the carried out inspection.

Norio Kumagai highlighted that some extra materials might be required for preparing the preliminary report that is to be completed in late April, as planned by the Japanese side. The Russian side confirmed its readiness to rapidly provide the Japanese side, with all the requested information. During the negotiations the two sides also discussed the proposal put forward by the Rosselkhoznadzor to make corrections to the veterinary and sanitary requirements for ready-to-eat poultry meat products exported to Japan from Russia.

The sides agreed to further exchange their views on the issue in routine written correspondence.

In terms of the access for Russian forage to the Japanese market the Japanese side informed about its intention to prepare a list of the most demanded feeds for agricultural animals in Japan. The Rosselkhoznadzor noted that taking into account mutual interest of the both sides it would send to Japan a detailed description of forage growing and production system and quality control methods used for corn silage, lucerne and timothy hay.

As the follow-up to the dialogue on export of Russian products to the Japanese market, the Rosselkhoznadzor asked the Japanese side to send requirements that shall be complied with in order to export to Japan heat-treated bone-in meat from cloven-hoofed animals. 

Norio Kumagai informed of Japans’ interest in exporting organic fertilizers to Russia. The Rosselkhoznadzor reported that it is within the competence of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia to authorize imports of such products and expressed its readiness to facilitate direct contacts between corresponding competent authorities of Russia and Japan. Taking into account robust investment into the Far East development, Nikolai Vlasov expressed his view that exports of fertilizers from Japan would be economically beneficial and appropriate for both countries.

The Japanese side also reported that currently it is preparing answers for the questionnaire on safety system used for production of poultry products. Completion of the questionnaire is a part of risk assessment procedure.

In conclusion, the sides expressed satisfaction with the fruitful dialogue and effective discussion of a wide range of key issues related to mutual trade.

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Mission of Singapore Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority to Russia Over

Final meeting summarizing the 10-day AVA’s visit to Russia aimed at assessing the system for animal product safety assurance (poultry, pork and ready-to-eat products thereof) and considering the possibilities of the specified product export to Singapore was held on March 27, 2017.

During this period the Singapore delegation visited Penza, Vladimir, Kaliningrad, Belgorod, and Bryansk Oblasts, familiarized themselves with the work of processing establishments and research activities of the Federal Centre for Animal Health aimed at ensuring biological safety and disease freedom in Russia.

Expected result – approval of RF product export to Singapore.

During the meeting the Singapore Party thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for fruitful cooperation, assistance in carrying out the inspection and provision of information necessary for objective assessment of the current veterinary control system.

The Singapore Party mentioned several important factors influencing assurance of safety of products manufactured in Russia as well as disease freedom, i.e. Rosselkhoznadzor’s integrated multifunctional information system, high degree of product traceability “from farm to fork”, and compliance with the principles of compartmentalization and regionalization for contagious animal diseases such as ASF and AI.

The Singapore Party noted with satisfaction the work of Russian hi-tech establishments manufacturing animal products and informed that according to the requirements of the legislation the raw material suppliers to companies exporting commodities to Singapore shall be of Russian origin. Herewith, Singapore inspectors expressed assurance that it wouldn’t be hard for Russian establishments wishing to export to Singapore to meet the traceability requirements due to the Rosselkhoznadzor’s information system.

Despite the fact that only four Russian establishments were inspected because of the time limits the Singapore Competent Authority made a conclusion on possibility of Russian product export to Singapore basing on the Rosselkhoznadzor’s guarantees.

The Singapore Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority will prepare a report containing the conclusions on the inspection and forward it to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

For its part the Rosselkhoznadzor underlined that the visit was very important for Russia and lays foundation for development of mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation and cooperation in the field of veterinary surveillance. 

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Rosselkhoznadzor Specialists Visit Republic of Armenia

Joint visit of the specialists from Rosselkhoznadzor and Russian Federal Customs Service to Yerevan took place on March 22-24, 2017 in order to participate in the meeting with officials of the Armenian Customs Service and discuss import of fruit and vegetables from the Republic of Armenia to the Russian Federation and to study production process of vegetables (tomatoes), storage sites and processing facilities for products destined to be exported to Russia.

The Rosselkhoznadzor specialists visited several large food business operators involved into tomato growing in greenhouses (OOO “Spaika” – 42 hectares; OOO “Movas” – 13 hectares; OOO “Progress Agro” – 4 hectares) and private greenhouses owned by farmers and legal persons. At the time of the visit 45 hectares of Yerevan region were covered with greenhouses for tomato growing. There were also private greenhouses in the territory the land area of which was hard to be determined.

New greenhouses equipped with state-of-art technologies are actively built now in Armenia and that facilitates the competitiveness of Armenian products in the global market. Tomatoes are also treated against phytophthora using biological pest control method which makes the product ecologically safe. The Rosselkhoznadzor specialists did not identify any bacterial or viral diseases of tomatoes.

Currently, as there no supplies of tomatoes to the Russian Federation greenhouse holdings decrease temperatures to 16 ºC thus decreasing the growing activity. If the temperatures are increased tomatoes will ripe in 7-10 days and can be dispatched to the Russian Federation.

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Russian-Canadian Consultations at the WTO SPS Committee in Geneva Consultations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) were held on the sidelines of the WTO SPS Committee on the 22nd of March, 2017 and were devoted to ensuring safety of animal products for mutual trade. An official from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and Russia’s Representation to the WTO took part in the meeting.

The Canadian side enquired about harmonization of the veterinary certificate earlier drafted by the two services in order to ensure supplies of semen from breeding boars from Canada to Russia and also reminded of its request to the Rosselkhoznadzor to recognize Canada’s status of freedom from avian influenza. The Russian side clarified that the certificate is currently being considered by the EAEU veterinary experts and, as soon as the procedure is completed, a conclusion will be made whether it is appropriate for the EAEU members. As for Canada’s request to recognize its status of freedom from AI after the OIE finalized the procedure in November, 2016, it was confirmed that the documents had been given to the Rosselkhoznadzor and were being analyzed in the FGBI ARRIAH. Based on the FGBI ARRIAH conclusion the Rosselkhoznadzor will be able to take corresponding steps.

The Russian side reminded that the Canadian side is now approved to supply hatching eggs and day-old chicks from the whole territory with the exception for British Columbia and Oxford in Ontario.

The Russian side reminded of the materials provided by the Rosselkhoznadzor that demonstrate that Russia’s intention to export processed pork products from high biosecurity establishments to Canada is justified.

The CFIA representatives informed that they need additional information about the establishments and regions where production facilities are located and highlighted that the approval procedure for such products for the Canadian market is regulated not only by the veterinary services but also by the Ministry of Health of Canada. The Canadian side sent a letter in March where it informed that it did not recognize Russia as free from some porcine diseases, therefore, it is not ready to consider the option of importing raw pork products to Canada, however, it is ready to consider imports of heat-treated pork products.

The Rosselkhoznadzor will take corresponding measures and work with the Russian exporters of such products keen to export to Canada.

The two sides confirmed their readiness to cooperate further based on international legislation and mutual interest.

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Iran Opened Market for Russian Chilled Beef and Lamb

On March 13-14, 2017 the 2nd meeting of the Russian-Iranian Veterinary and Phytosanitary Working group in which the representatives of Rosselkhoznadzor and Iran Veterinary Organization (IVO) took part.

During the meeting the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Veterinary Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran harmonized and signed protocols on terms of supply of chilled beef and lamb from the Russian Federation to the Islamic Republic of Islam, thus completing painstaking work which lasted several years. The stated requirements, as well as the translated into Russian materials will be published on the official site of the Rosselkhoznadzor.

In addition to that the protocol on terms of frozen poultry meat supplies from Russia to Iran was harmonized and in the near future it will be signed by the Iranian side and forwarded to the Rosselkhoznadzor in order to be signed by the Russian side. In fact, these actions indicate that the Iranian market will soon be opened for Russian poultry meat.

In the course of negotiations the Iranian side provided the Russian side with several veterinary regulatory documents regulating supplies of Russian products to Iran and veterinary health requirements for import of skin materials (hides) from Russia to Iran that will be later translated into Russian and published on the official site of the Rosselkhoznadzor.

Concurrently the Iranian side proposed to the Rosselkhoznadzor to study the information about systems of electronic certification of regulated products applied in Iran. The Rosselkhoznadzor welcomed this approach and in its turn proposed to the Iranian party to familiarize themselves with the Russian systems of electronic certification.

Besides the Iranian side informed that fish and sea products can be supplied to Iran from Russian establishments and ships controlled by the national veterinary service of the Russian Federation. The Russian side thanked their counterparts for this decision and promised in the near future to send a list of these establishments so that later it will be published on the official site of the Iranian veterinary service.

The Russian side expressed interest in exports of animal feeds of plant origin to Iran and requested to provide health requirements for import of the said products to Iran.

During the meeting the parties also discussed technical issues of Russian meat exports to Iran.

The parties also agreed on the need to reconsider the sealing procedure of Russian meat product consignments conducted by the IVO representative and his continued presence in Russian establishments while loading and shipping of the said products.

The Iranian side in its turn addressed with a request to speed up the process of authorization of Iranian establishments for export of dairy and fish products to the Russian market.

The Rosselkhoznadzor assured their counterparts that the decision regarding this issue will be taken in the shortest time possible.

At the end of the meeting the sides agreed to further develop scientific cooperation in the field of animal disease control with the involvement of the country’s related scientific institutions.


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Rosselkhoznadzor Talks to Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Sudan

The talks were held on March 14, current year in Moscow at the initiative of the Sudanese party. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Sudanese Embassy in the Russian Federation and RF Ministry of Agriculture.

The Sudanese party noted its deep interest in improvement of export/import relations with Russia built on cooperation between the competent authorities and highlighted the investment attractiveness of Sudan as a country having potential for agricultural sector development but with a non-appropriate infrastructure.

The representatives of the Sudanese MoA showed a presentation on the current system of phytosanitary control, structure and functions of plant quarantine service as well as about plant production and export. The total amount of plant production in 2016 was 1.288 thousand tons. The major export share falls on grain and forage crops. Sudan also exports insignificant amounts of fruits (mango, bananas, water melons, grapefruit, melons, citruses) to more than 50 countries including the European Union. Sudan is also the largest sesame producer in the world. Such vegetables as carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and eggplants are grown by Sudan only for domestic consumption due to the lack of export technologies.

The Sudanese party invited the Rosselkhoznadzor to pay an official visit to Sudan in order to evaluate the possibilities of bilateral cooperation improvement and get an insight into the system of phytosanitary quarantine control of plant products destined for export to Russia.

In the course of the talks the representatives of the Sudanese MoA also describes the system of veterinary control of animal product manufacturing, movement and export noting that in 2016 Sudan exported 8 million tons of such products predominantly to the Middle East countries.

The Russian competent authority invited the Sudanese party to visit the Federal Centre for Animal Health well-known in Russian and abroad in order to establish scientific and technical cooperation between the countries and familiarize themselves with the range of biologicals produced by the Institution to control FMD and other dangerous animal diseases.

The Rosselkhoznadzor also expressed Russia’s interest in expansion of export potential related to grain crop export to Sudan. In 2016 Sudan imported 860 thousand tons of Russian wheat, but Russia’s export potential is much higher. The representatives of the Sudanese MoA noted that they have no complaints against quarantine phytosanitary condition and quality of Russian wheat.

At the end of the meeting the parties highlighted the fruitfulness of the dialogue held and exchanged contacts to timely resolve any arising issues.

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