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Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey

Negotiations were held between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Directorate for Food and Control of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey on the 10th of July, 2017. The negotiations were devoted to quarantine of Turkish plant products imported to Russia and to veterinary control and surveillance just before the Turkish inspection of the Russian establishments keen to export animal products to the Republic of Turkey. As for the plant quarantine issues the Russian side was represented by Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Julia Shvabauskene. The Turkish side was headed by Deputy Director on food and control of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey Dr. Yunus Bayram.

The Turkish side requested whether the report on inspection of Turkish plants carried out by the Russian side in May, 2017 was ready, as well as the report on another inspection of 2016 carried out at two more establishment producing plant products. Julia Shvabauskene gave a detailed explanation to the Turkish side on working scheme applied by the Russian experts, bringing attention of the colleagues to the fact that the outcomes of the May inspection were not representative enough due to seasonal production of some plant products. Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor also recalled that according to the agreement previously achieved between the two services the Rosselkhoznadzor considered a possibility to supply regulated plant products only from those establishments that are both producers and exporters of the regulated products. Compliance with this requirement ensures traceability of products from production till dispatch for export. Julia Shvabauskene highlighted that currently there are two types of restrictions imposed in Russia on plant products imported from Turkey: the first one is implemented by the Presidential Decree “On the application of certain special economic measures to ensure the security of the Russian”; the second one is related to products infested with quarantine pests as revealed regularly by the Rosselkhoznadzor inspections. The sides also discussed some technical issues in order to ensure adequate level of phytosanitary control during supplies of products. In particular, in response to the request of the Turkish side to facilitate information exchange, the Rosselkhoznadzor confirmed its readiness to maintain e-mail contacts among technical experts. The Rosselkhoznadzor also provided detailed clarifications to the Directorate for Food and Control of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey on the joint regulations on plant quarantine in the Eurasian Economic Union that entered into force on the 1st of July, 2017. The Turkish side expressed its gratitude to the Russian side for the detailed explanation and provided new models of phytosanitary certificates both for export and re-export of products from Turkey. Mr. Bayram assured the Rosselkhoznadzor that the directorate actively raises awareness among its producers of the importer’s requirements (Russia) for product safety and quality. The Turkish delegation from the Directorate for Food and Control of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey also included an expert group that is due to inspect Russian plants (from 10 to 14 April 2017) keen to export animal products to the Turkish market. Prior to the inspection the Rosselkhoznadzor informed its Turkish colleagues about the work of the RF veterinary services and about export potential of the Russian livestock industry.

The Turkish side, in its turn, gave clarifications about the procedure of including foreign producers into the list of importers.

In conclusion, the sides discussed and agreed on the working schedule of the Turkish delegation. 

 

Jul 11, 2017

Categorys: Phytosanitary , Events , Administration