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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Agriculture of Colombia

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 economic cooperation.

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 buckwheat supplies.

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. 

 

Apr 26, 2017

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