Rosselkhoznadzor - News Rosselkhoznadzor - News en Rosselkhoznadzor 2007 - 2009 (Web Admin) (Web Admin) 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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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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Forthcoming Talks between Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Agriculture of Sudan

On March 14, 2017 at the initiative of the Sudanese party the Rosselkhoznadzor will hold negotiations with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Sudan devoted to assurance of quarantine and phytosanitary requirements of the Russian Federation to imported fruit and vegetable products from Sudan.

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Rosselkhoznadzor’s Visit to the Republic of Serbia

Rosselkhoznadzor informs that on the invitation of the Department for Plant Protection of the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists will be visiting Serbia from 13 to 18 of March 2017 for joint inspection of planting material consignments indented for export to the Russian Federation basing on requests of Russian participants in foreign trade activities.

On results of inspections and laboratory expertise the Rosselkhoznadzor will make a decision on import of reserved planting material consignments to the Russian Federation.

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Following Russian - Kyrgyz Negotiation EAEU Veterinary Authorities Indefinitely Postpone Inspection of Chinese Poultry-Processing Plants Telephone negotiations initiated by the Kyrgyz side were held between representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the State Inspectorate for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Safety under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on the 6th of March in order to discuss preparation for the EAEU inspection to China. It was primarily planned to engage colleagues from Kazakhstan and Belarus in the negotiations who are keen to participate in the inspection. However, it was impossible due to technical problems faced by the Kyrgyz side. Preparation for the inspection is related to the earlier expressed intention of the Kyrgyz side to import poultry meat from China.

During consultations the sides reached the understanding that the inspection of the Chinese poultry-processing plants initiated by the Kyrgyz side could not be held within the fixed dates from the 20th of March 2017 because key organizational matters of the visit remain unresolved, objective conditions for work and the required materials on meat safety system in China have not been provided.

The Rosselkhoznadzor noted that it is worthwhile to have a conference call with the involved EAEU competent authorities keen on solving the issues, as soon as an official response is received from the Chinese side and all the required procedures proceeding to the official inspections are completed.

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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Embassy of Switzerland in the Russian Federation The negotiations were held on the 6th of March this year and were devoted to conceptual issues of bilateral trade cooperation. Representatives of the All-Russian Public Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises OPORA ROSSII/"BACKBONE OF RUSSIA" took part in the meeting. The sides discussed agenda of the tomorrow’s meeting of the Working Group of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the RF and the Swiss Confederation. Veterinary authorities of the two countries will take part in the meeting as well as the engaged Swiss business community. One of the key issues on the agenda of the forthcoming meeting is related to arranging mutually beneficial and effective trade in animal products between Russia and Switzerland. The Rosselkhoznadzor will be provided with completed questionnaires on safety of meat and dairy product supplies. The Rosselkhoznadzor highlighted that it would most carefully analyze the received information and after that it would be possible to schedule the inspection at the Swiss plants keen to export their products to Russia.  The Russian side also specified that all the questions that might arise from this analysis would be discussed either during telephone negotiations or during a conference call in order to find solutions as soon as possible.

Representatives of the Embassy of Switzerland in the Russian Federation expressed gratitude to the Rosselkhoznadzor for the carried out work and noted that trade cooperation with Russia, especially in the field of agriculture, is indisputably significant for Switzerland and would acquire special value taking into account restrictions imposed by the national government on imports from some countries that have implemented anti-Russian sanctions. The sides discussed the earlier achieved agreement to compare veterinary laws of Russia and Switzerland in order to detect differences and further deal with them.

It was also noted that such work will facilitate a better understanding of the regulatory norms of both countries, will help to increase credibility of certification and will have a general positive impact on export-import relations.

The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed its readiness to facilitate the work and also noted it was worthwhile to engage representatives of business community in these activities.

In conclusion, the sides expressed mutual satisfaction with fruitful negotiations and emphasized that they would continue discussing topical trade and economic issues between Russia and Switzerland during the forthcoming meeting of the working group of the Russian-Swiss Intergovernmental Commission.

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Negotiations between Sergey Dankvert, Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, and Pablo Tettamanti, Argentina’s Ambassador to Russia

On March 2 this year the working meeting between Sergey Dankvert, Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, and Pablo Tettamanti, Argentina’s Ambassador to Russia, was held in Moscow. The parties emphasized high level of interaction in all aspects of bilateral cooperation.

Ambassador P. Tettamanti informed that in the nearest future he will finish his diplomatic mission in Russia, and summing up his activities he mentioned significant step forward in the majority of cooperation objectives. The Argentina’s Ambassador also expressed appreciation to S.A. Dankvert acting as a Co-сhair of the Russia-Argentina Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation for his assistance and contribution in such progress.

The parties emphasized general decrease of trade in agricultural products, specifically in bovine meat, cheese and dry meat. Such decrease was influenced by a number of factors, i.e. currency fluctuations, change of government in Argentina, sanctions illegitimately introduced against Russia by a number of countries and many other aspects of global policy and economy.

Nevertheless, against the background of negative trends imports of some products has increased. Thus in 2016 imports of frozen fish increased 2.5-fold as compared to 2014, milk and condensed cream – 2.5-fold, peanuts – 1.5-fold. Besides, in 2016 Argentina started exports of soybeans to Russia that amounted to 26.2 ths tons.

Sergey Dankvert informed Pablo Tettamanti of current perspectives to extend the exports of soybeans and soybean cakes. For this purpose the Argentinean side should take measures for authorization of all companies exporting soybeans and soy bean cakes manufactured using GM-lines registered in Russia for their further enlisting in the Register of exporting establishments.

P. Tettamanti further assured that he always paid great attention to communication of possibilities and conditions of exports to the Russia market to the business community and rendered assistance in solving challenging issues. P. Tettamanti emphasized that his intention is to continue assistance in development of trade and economic relations within his competence.

The Ambassador mentioned that the Intergovernmental Commission is a crucial mechanism for the development of the bilateral relations. Argentina’s Embassy to Russia “keeps its finger on the pulse” of agreements between Russian and Argentinean competent agencies and Ministries reached during the meeting of the Commission.

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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Turkey

On February 28, 2017 during International Food Exhibition Gulfood in Dubai negotiations between representatives of Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance and Alper Eriten, Director of the General Department for Export of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Turkey and Engin Taifun, Director of the Department for export-import control of animals and animal products of the Ministry of Agriculture of Turkey took place.

The Turkish side asked the Russian colleagues to extend the list of Turkish enterprises producing poultry meat, milk and fish products certified for export to EU and authorized for export to Russia. The Russian side informed the Turkish side that this issue will be addressed in working order after studying the necessary materials.

The Russian side thanked the Turkish colleagues for inspection (in December 2016) of Russian enterprises producing beef with the aim of opening of Turkish market for these products.

The sides also discussed the possibility of export of Russian poultry meat and milk products to Turkey from the Russian enterprises certified for export to EU.

The Turkish side reported that within a week it will send to the Rosselkhoznadzor the official letter with the results of inspection of Russian enterprises producing beef. This letter will also contain the answer to the question about the possibility of export of Russian products from enterprises certified for export to EU.

The sides discussed scientific collaboration between the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate FGBI «ARRIAH» and relevant institutions of Turkey. The Russian side invited the Turkish colleagues to visit the FGBI «ARRIAH» to extend scientific cooperation in the sphere of dangerous animal diseases control (FMD, peste des petits ruminants, Newcastle disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza, etc.). For this purpose the sides agreed to exchange contact details and lists of questions of mutual interest.

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UAE Opened Market to Export of Russian Table Eggs and Egg Products as well as Honey and Apiculture Products

On February 27, 2017 on the margins of Gulfood exhibition in Dubai the talks between representatives of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance and Director of Animal Health and Development Department for the UAE Ministry of Climate Changes and Environment and Chief Veterinary Officer Majid Al-Qassimi were held. The parties harmonized and signed veterinary certificates for table eggs and egg products as well as honey and apiculture products.

Thus, the abovementioned products can be exported to the UAE from all Russian establishments under the control of the RF Official Veterinary Service that are included in the register of the «Cerberus» information system.

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Negotiations Between Rosselkhoznadzor and Director of Animal Health and Development Department for UAE Ministry of Climate Changes and Environment Majid Al-Qassimi

The negotiations between the representatives of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance and Director of Animal Health and Development Department for the UAE Ministry of Climate Changes and Environment and Chief Veterinary Officer Majid Al-Qassimi were held within the World Food Exhibition Gulfood on February 27, 2017.

In the course of negotiations the Russian party thanked the Emirati counterparts for carrying out inspections of 3 Russian enterprises interested in food exports to the UAE market. The Russian party assured the Emirati side that all deficiencies revealed (the main deficiencies were revealed during the certification procedure in compliance with halal certification requirements) will be removed in the near future. The Russian side raised the question of considering the possibility of authorizing Russian enterprises for export to the UAE under the Rosselkhoznadzor guarantees. The Emirati side will consider this possibility based on the record of Russian meat exports to the UAE. For this purpose the sides will sign a bilateral Memorandum. The Russian side expressed interest in completing this procedure in the possible shortest time.

In connection with mutual interest in supplies of animal feeds of plant origin from the RF to the UAE the Russian party requested information about import requirements for such products from the UAE colleagues. This information will be provided in the shortest time possible.

Besides the Russian side informed the Emirati side that the harmonization process of veterinary certificates for heat-treated milk products obtained from dromedary camels and exported from the UAE to the RF is currently at the final stage.

The parties also discussed issues of scientific cooperation between the subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor FGBI «ARRIAH» and the UAE relevant institutes.

The Russian side invited the Emirati colleagues to visit the FGBI «ARRIAH» for expanding cooperation in the field of science.

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