Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Agriculture
of Colombia with the participation of the Embassy of Colombia in Russia and
business representatives from both countries were held in Moscow on the 26th of
April, 2017. The two sides discussed development prospects for trade and
The Rosselkhoznadzor noted that Russia is among the three
top grain producers and exporters. In 2016 Russia produced more than 120 mln
tons of grain, total export volume (including wheat) to 130 countries accounted
for more than 40 mln tons. Major importers of Russian grain are Egypt, Turkey,
Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and some countries from Africa and Asia. Grain is
dispatched not only through the southern ports but also through the ports
located in the Kaliningrad Oblast and in the Far East. Brazil and Venezuela also
expressed interest in trade cooperation in this field and an inter-governmental
agreement will be signed in the near future with the latter on imports of
Russian grain products.
The Rosselkhoznadzor provided detailed information on
structure of the service, on its functions related to ensuring quality and
safety of grain and products thereof produced and exported to other countries,
highlighting Russia’s readiness to strictly comply with all the national
standards of the importing country.
At the negotiations the Rosselkhoznadzor provided completed questionnaire
on wheat to the Colombian side (It had already been sent before), and confirmed
its readiness and ability of Russia to comply with the requirements for
Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture of Colombia Juan
Carlos Jimenez, head of the delegation, expressed gratitude to the
Rosselkhoznadzor for the meeting and noted that sustainable cooperation between
the competent authorities of Russia and Colombia and close cooperation between
business communities would have a positive impact on the overall trend in the
bilateral relations. The Ministry of Agriculture of Colombia has an intention
to unconditionally support this type of cooperation.
Juan Carlos Jimenez demonstrated a high degree of Colombia’s
commitment to import Russian grain and expressed satisfaction about arranging
supplies of such products from Russia to Venezuela in terms of finding optimal
logistical routes that can be appropriate for Columbia.
Colombia is currently interested in diversifying its food
market. Colombian domestic market has a serious potential for development,
however, there are some difficulties associated with the supplies from third
countries, related to high import duties. Colombia thinks that the solution can
be found in close contacts with potential exporters, including Russia which is
able to supply safe and high quality grain.
In addition, taking into account the option of exporting grain through
the Far East significantly reduces logistical costs and large contracts can be
concluded this year.
The sides agreed it is appropriate to sign a protocol
between the two services that will cover requirements for safety and quality
control of Russian grain supplied to Colombia. This draft protocol will be
prepared by the Rosselkhoznadzor as soon as possible and will be given to the
Colombian side before the end of their visit to Russia. In addition to it, the
Rosselkhoznadzor will send the draft protocol to the Colombian competent
authority during the following week.
In its turn, the Colombian side will send to the
Rosselkhoznadzor information on its national standards for imported grain that
will be posted on the Rosselkhoznadzor web-site.
At the end of the negotiations the two sides noted that the
meeting had been fruitful and expressed hope for establishing mutually
beneficial trade that would strengthen relations between the countries.