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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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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan

The negotiations via teleconference were held on February 27, 2017 and were continuation of intensive dialogue on facilitating effective bilateral trade in animal and plant products between Russia and Japan.

During the negotiations the forthcoming visit of Japanese experts to Russia aimed at assessment of system for raw and ready-to-eat poultry product manufacturing safety assurance was discussed in detail. To objectively understand the Russian surveillance system the Japanese experts will visit the Rosselkhoznadzor-subordinated Federal Center for Animal Health that is well known in Russia and abroad as well poultry establishments in the Bryansk and Belgorod Oblasts. The Rosselkhoznadzor requested the Japanese party to provide Japanese veterinary and sanitary requirements to raw and ready-to-eat poultry meat exported to Japan for the purpose of preparation to the inspection. The Japanese party informed that the requested data would be sent to the Rosselkhoznadzor and underlined its intention to promptly take a decision on admission of such products to the Japanese food market.

The parties also discussed similar Rosselkhoznadzor’s inspection to Japan to assess the epidemic situation and system for premium Kobe beef safety assurance to be carried out in late March, 2017. The Rosselkhoznadzor requested the Japanese party to send additional materials on national programme for cattle disease control for the risk analysis completion.

To facilitate the access of Russian forage for animals to Japan the Rosselkhoznadzor informed that one of large Russian companies had expressed its interest in export Lucerne hay.

The Japanese party confirmed its interest in commencement of the authorization procedure for Russian fresh beef intended for export to Japan. For this purpose the Japanese authority will prepare the questionnaire on safety control system and forward it to the Rosselkhoznadzor and will inspect Russian fresh beef-producing establishment in May 2017 after analysis of all provided materials.

The parties also discussed preparation for inspection of Japanese establishments interested in export of their fishery products to Russia. The Rosselkhoznadzor informed that it would prepare and provide the Japanese competent authorities with the list of clarifying questions about veterinary surveillance system functioning in this field.

Discussing the resumption of fish product and sea food supplies from water bodies adjacent to prefectures affected with radiation due to the accident at Fukusima-1 nuclear power station the Rosselkhoznadzor informed that up-to-date monitoring results provided by the Japanese party had been forward to the Eurasian Economic Commission for analysis according to previous agreements.

In conclusion, the parties expressed mutual satisfaction with fruitful negotiations and emphasized their intents to facilitate the dynamic development of Russian-Japanese economic and trade relations.

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Talks between Rosselkhoznadzor and PRC General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)

On February 22, 2017 phone talks between Rosselkhoznadzor representatives and officials of the PCR General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) officials were held.

The talks were initiated by the Rosselkhoznadzor for intensification of communication between the competent authorities of the both countries as well as for discussion of topical issues related to the prospective access of RF animal products to China. In particular, regionalization and compartmentalization are two of the basic principles of international trade allowing for maintenance of bilateral supplies under the tense global epidemic situation. In view of huge territories of Russia and China, the optimal solution is implementation of these rules in the process of building of mutually beneficial economic relations.

In this context the Rosselkhoznadzor informed of the fact that it sent data prepared following the FMD outbreak eradication in the Vladimir Oblast. As soon as the OIE reviewed similar materials Russia regained its previously recognized by the World Delegates’ Assembly status of a country with an «FMD free zone where vaccination is not practiced» having a containment zone (isolation zone) within the free zone.

The Chinese party thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for the submitted materials and mentioned that it highly appreciated the measures taken by the Russian party for the outbreak eradication and RF protection from FMDV introduction and spread. As soon as the AQSIQ experts analyze the materials submitted by the Rosselkhoznadzor, they will inform the Russian party of their decision about the RF recognition as a country with FMD free zone where vaccination is not practiced and hence about possible exportation of meat from even-hoofed animals from Russia to China. The Rosselkhoznadzor informed the Chinese party of the fact that OIE Commission Decision has been prepared stating that there is no risk of lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV) transmission with boneless meat. Such Decision will be reviewed during the OIE General Session in Paris in May this year. The Rosselkhoznadzor experts are currently in active cooperation with the OIE experts examining the degree of safety of trade in bovine meat obtained from the areas where LSD had been previously reported. As soon as relative materials are translated the Rosselkhoznadzor will send them to the AQSIQ for review and analysis.

During the talks it was also mentioned that according to international law the regionalization principle is a basis of global trade in poultry products. Russia is committed to this principle in its relations with all countries reporting AI outbreaks. The Russian authority expressed its hope that the quarantine measures taken for eradication of AI outbreaks in Russia will be evaluated by the Chinese party as sufficient to recover the status of AI free country recognized by China in June 2016. The Rosselkhoznadzor also mentioned that according to the OIE Code the AI disease free status is recovered in 3 months post the last AI outbreak eradication.

The Chinese party assured that all the materials submitted by the Rosselkhoznadzor will be thoroughly reviewed and preparations for the inspection of the RF poultry meat processing establishments interested in their product exportation to China will be started after that.

The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed its readiness to discuss this and other issues including those related to the recovery of exports from some Chinese fish and seafood processing plants to the Russian market following mutual examination of all submitted materials and during the official meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor and AQSIQ experts the date of which is to be set any time soon.

In conclusion, the parties mentioned that such fruitful discussions and active cooperation between the competent authorities are the basis for the extension of trade cooperation between Russia and China.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Experts on a Visit to Scotland

On February 27 — March 3, 2017 at the invitation of the Directorate of Agriculture, Food Supply and Agricultural Society of Scotland the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists will visit Scotland for joint inspection of seed potatoes prepared for export to the Russian Federation.

Upon completion of the inspection the Rosselkhoznadzor will make a decision regarding exports of reserved volume of seed potatoes to the Russian Federation.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Participated in First Russian-Bahraini Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation

On February 20, 2017 in the course of expert-level consultations within the framework of the First Russian-Bahrain Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation the representatives of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance had a meeting with Head of Animal Health Control Directorate of the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning of the Kingdom of Bahrain Dr. Ebrahim Yusuf Ahmed.

The sides agreed on the feasibility of raw beef, lamb and poultry meat supplies from 10 Russian meat-processing plants, accredited for export to the UAE, in accordance with Russian-Bahraini bilateral certificates that were signed during the meeting. The Bahraini side will include these certificates in its own register. Russian supplies of processed animal products, milk products, egg products and honey from all Russian establishments subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor will be possible after the veterinary services and the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Bahrain harmonize certificates proposed by the Russian side. Animal product supplies to Bahrain should be accompanied not only with veterinary certificates but also Halal certificates and certificate of the product’s country of origin.

As the Bahraini side expressed interest in purchasing Russian FMD vaccines, the Rosselkhoznadzor invited veterinary specialists of the Kingdom of Bahrain to visit subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor Federal Center for Animal Health (FGBI ARRIAH) and the All-Russian Center for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feeds (FSFI VGNKI) for discussion of prospects of scientific and technical cooperation.

The sides also agreed to cooperate in the phytosanitary sphere in order to facilitate exports of Russian grain and grain products to the Kingdom of Bahrain. For this purpose the Bahraini side received samples of phytosanitary certificates used for grain export. All agreements made during the meeting were included in the final protocol of the Intergovernmental Commission signed on February 21, 2017 by the Minister of Industry and Trade in the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and his counterpart Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Kingdom of Bahrain Zayani Zayed.


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Brazil Experts Completed Their Audit in Russia

The closing meeting of the Brazil competent authority representatives and the Rosselkhoznadzor officials were held in Moscow on February 16, 2017. The preliminary results of the Brazilian auditors’ visit to Russia to get acquainted with the animal product quality assurance system were presented at the meeting. For this purpose, the Brazil inspectors had visited some establishments producing beef and poultry meat products in the Bryansk Oblast as well as got acquainted with the activities of the Veterinary Services at different levels as well as research activities of the FGBI «ARRIAH» subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor for the previous 10 days.

Summing up the visit results the Brazilian inspectors thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for professional arranging of fruitful and successful work in close cooperation with experts of the RF Veterinary Services that allowed them to fully assess the opportunities for further trade cooperation. The Brazilian experts appreciated preparedness of livestock farms and processing establishment personnel as well as Veterinary Services to the inspection, their openness and assistance in providing the fullest possible information requested by the Brazilian party. Besides, the Brazilian party underlined high qualifications of the experts and up-to-date equipping of the Rosselkhoznadzor laboratory services as well as commended legal framework in veterinary field as a basis for the product safety control system.

The Brazilian party informed that it would prepare the preliminary report comprising findings and recommendations for deficiencies elimination based on the inspection results and forward it to the Rosselkhoznadzor according to the schedule. The said recommendations, particularly, will address improvement of the Subject Veterinary Service veterinarians’ qualifications.

The Rosselkhoznadzor, in its turn, thanked the Brazilian experts for the huge work performed during the previous 10 days. The Rosselkhoznadzor stressed that compliance with the strictest international requirements necessary for export potential enhancement was of great importance for Russia. And Brazil is a strategically important trade partner for Russia.

The Russian party expressed its readiness to facilitate promotion of Russian products on the Brazilian market.

In conclusion, the parties pointed to their readiness to continue cooperation in Russian-Brazilian trade development under the principles of objectiveness and transparency.

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Technical Consultations between Rosselkhoznadzor and Estonian Ministry of Agriculture

The teleconference held on February 15, 2017 was devoted to building communication between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Estonian Ministry of Agriculture on plant product export.

The Russian party remarked the necessity to build an algorithm of rapid confirmation of authenticity of the re-export certificates accompanying plant product re-export from Estonia to Russia. In particular, it is possible to achieve by means of electronic module «Argus-Phyto» developed by the Rosselkhoznadzor for document authorization. The Estonian party stressed the importance of the Rosselkhoznadzor‘s work and expressed readiness to start using «Argus-Phyto» in the nearest time.

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Meeting Between Sergey Dankvert and Jose Cancela, Co-Chairmen of Intergovernmental Uruguayan-Russian Mixed Commission on Trade and Economic Development

The meeting between Co-chairmen of Intergovernmental Uruguayan-Russian Mixed Commission on Trade and Economic Development Sergey Dankvert, Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and Jose Cancela, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, was held on February 6, 2017.

The Russian party was represented by officials of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Federal Customs Service, the National Committee for the Promotion of Economic Cooperation with Latin American Countries, the Roscongress Foundation and the Rosselkhoznadzor. The Uruguayan party was represented by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay in the Russian Federation.

The meeting was held on the threshold of the forthcoming official visit of President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez in February 2017 playing quite a significant role for the development of Russian-Uruguayan relations.

The parties discussed a wide range of issues, gave a detailed analysis of the state of Russian-Uruguayan relations and evaluated prospects of bilateral cooperation and realization of agreements achieved during the 1st Meeting of the Uruguayan-Russian Mixed Commission in November 2015 in Montevideo.

Sergey Dankvert stressed that Uruguay is traditionally considered an important and reliable partner of the Russian Federation in the Latin American region. The Russian-Uruguayan dialogue is based on the similar views and positions of the both countries regarding key issues. Thus, Uruguay did not support the economic sanctions policy pursued by some countries — the major exporters to the Russian Federation. This decision gave the possibility for Uruguayan business operators to fill the RF competitive market with a variety of food commodities. At present there are good prospects for increase of meat and milk product deliveries from Uruguay to Russia. This provides wide opportunities for Uruguay owing to the Rosselkhoznadzor decision to resume exports from establishments that did not supply their products for over 18-36 months, only after obtaining inspection results.

Assessing the current trends in trade and economic relations between Russia and Uruguay, it was stressed that 2016 sales turnover rates do not fully reflect the actual potential of the both countries, on the contrary it is the starting point for its development. Following the results of January-November 2016 the turnover was US$125.2 million.The RF exports have increased by 39.2% due to mixed and potassic fertilizers. Imports from Uruguay have decreased by nearly 10% due to dropping in meat purchases. In the opinion of the Russian party it can be related to the tendency in reorientation of Russian consumers choosing cheaper poultry and pork meat. However Uruguay still holds strong positions in the Russian market regarding such products as horsemeat, meat by-products and butter, as well as milk, cream and citruses.

It was also noted that the Russian-Uruguayan trade is unbalanced and insufficiently diversified. Increase in trade volumes, expansion of product range in mutual supplies and development of investment cooperation can be facilitated by realization of major joint projects expanded owing to the work of the Russian-Uruguayan Mixed Commission. There are good prospects for deepening mutual relations in energy sector, industry, pharmaceuticals industry, information technology, cyber security and agriculture.

In the course of conversation Sergey Dankvert has noted that Uruguay has soya bean cultivation, storage and shipment technologies avoiding mixing and enabling shipment of only those consignments to Russia that comply with safety requirements for GMO products. Available capabilities of the consignments’ separation offer Uruguayan importers with opportunity to access competitive Russian market. There are preconditions for soya bean oil meal supplies amounting to 500 ths tons annually to Russia provided that Russian legislative requirements are complied and taking into account business circles’ interests in both countries.

Sergey Dankvert also pointed to the positive trend towards increase in milk, fish, sea food, meat offal and beef fat export from Uruguay to Russia seen in January 2017 based on the analysis of data obtained from the Rosselkhoznadzor electronic systems.

Jose Cancela has underlined that Russia and Uruguay have long-standing historical bonds. We’ll celebrate the 160th anniversary of establishing Russian-Uruguayan diplomatic relations in December 2017. The cooperation between two countries has evolved into friendly trusting and mutually beneficial relations over the time.

Jose Cancela has informed that Uruguay is interested in export of wide range of its food products namely milk, dairy products and hard cheese to Russia and emphasized the well-organized system for traceability and transportation of soya beans and products thereof that contributes to their export to the Russian market.

Jose Cancela pointed to active works on launching joint Russian-Uruguayan projects in various economic areas are currently carried out in Uruguay. Establishment of regulatory and legal framework for bilateral cooperation contributes to strengthening investment, trade and social relations between the countries. Particularly, Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the level of Ministries of Agriculture and Memorandum of Exchange of statistic data on mutual trade between Customs Services of the countries was prepared for signing in 2016. Agreements on education, banking supervision, mass media and intellectual property protection are in the process of preparation.

Jose Cancela also stressed that establishment of Business Council and future intensive mutual visits of official delegations of both countries for participation in meetings and exhibitions held in Russia and Uruguay would give fresh impetus to bilateral relations. In this context, Sergey Dankvert invited the Uruguayan delegation to take part in St. Petersburg Economic Forum (June1-3, 2017, St. Petersburg) and Eastern Economic Forum (September 6-7, 2017, Vladivostok).

In conclusion, the parties noted that the Russian-Uruguayan Mixed Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation is a key to improve trade balance between countries. The next meeting of the Commission will take place in Moscow in October 2017.

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Negotiations Between Rosselkhoznazor and the National Plant Protection Service of Burkina-Faso

With the reference to the letter received from the Burkina Faso party on December 12, 2016 containing the list of regulated products and stating the volume of exports to EC countries, the Rosselkhoznadzor held a teleconference with M. Wattara, Director of the Plant Protection and Package Control Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Burkina Faso.

In the course of negotiations M.Wattara did not confirm the fact that the above-mentioned letter had been sent to the Rosselkhoznadzor. However, he sent an official reply (via email) to the Rosselkhoznadzor letter No. FS-HB-3/15381 of 15 August, 2016, which contained no information requested by the Rosselkhoznadzor, in particular volumes of regulated products produced in the Republic of Burkina Faso and exported to the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, EC countries. Nevertheless during the negotiations M.Wattara confirmed the fact that some vegetables and fruit were produced in the Republic of Burkina Faso (tomatoes, peppers, pineapples, citruses, mango). He also informed about imports of fruit and vegetables from the countries of South and North Africa to the Republic of Burkina Faso, and their further re-export to EC countries via sea and air transport. M.Wattara could not specify volumes of imports and exports of regulated products.

The Burkina Faso party took the obligation to submit the above-mentioned information to the Rosselkhoznadzor in the official letter in the shortest time possible.

If the requested information is not submitted, on 13 February 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor will impose restrictive measures in order to prevent import of agricultural products to the Russian Federation from the countries that faced restrictions imposed by the RF President and the RF Government. In particular, only direct deliveries of regulated products of high phytosanitary risk originating in Burkina-Faso will be allowed if accompanied by phytosanitary certificates of the Republic of Burkina-Faso at border checkpoints located in the Russian sector of the EEC external border.

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Inspections of Lithuanian Establishments Manufacturing Animal Products

From January 22 to February 1, 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor experts took part in the inspection of the Lithuanian establishments manufacturing animal products, including fish products. The inspection was initiated by the Committee on Veterinary Control and Surveillance of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

At present the Rosselkhoznadzor experts are analyzing the data obtained during the inspection.

The preliminary report on inspection results will be published in accordance with the established procedure.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Experts Visit to Kingdom of Belgium

On January 23-26, 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor experts will be on a visit to the Kingdom of Belgium. The visit is aimed at carrying out a joint inspection of plant materials prepared for shipment to the Russian Federation due to requests submitted by the Russian participants in economic and foreign trade activities.

Based on inspection and laboratory testing results the Rosselkhoznadzor will make a decision on possible imports of reserved plant material supplies from Belgium to the Russian Federation.

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