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Rosselkhoznadzor to Participate in Meeting of Co-chairmen of Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation

On December 23, 2017, in New Delhi (India) the members of the official Russian delegation Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Vasily Lavrovsky and Head of the Department for Land Surveillance, Grain Quality and Safety Control, Olga Zakharova, took part in the preparation and holding of the meeting of the co-chairmen of the Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation : Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India Sushma Swaraj.

Along with the discussion of a wide range of issues related to trade, economic and investment cooperation, cooperation between the two countries in the transport sector, energy, industry, and space, much attention was paid to cooperation in the field of agriculture.

The parties noted the priority of increasing contacts in the agrarian sector, a significant increase in trade in agricultural products and food products, and the balance here is in favor of Indian products, both in volume and in assortment.

Despite this, the Indian side insisted on expanding the supply of tropical fruit and vegetable products, buffalo meat, dairy, fish products and processed egg products to the Russian market, linking the potential growth in trade with the strengthening of the interaction of the supervisory services of Russia and India.

For their part, the Russian side noted an increase in the supply of wheat, peas and chickpeas (at the beginning of the second decade of December the deliveries amounted to 379,000 tons, 216,000 tons and 5,500 tons, respectively), as well as vegetable oil to the Indian market.

They also developed the topic of tariff and non-tariff phytosanitary barriers on the way of Russian agricultural products to the Indian market that was raised in the report of Dmitry Rogozin.

They noted serious difficulties that cause increased duties on grain, oilseeds and leguminous crops imported to India, imposed by India under the pretext of protecting farmers' incomes due to a sharp drop in prices in the domestic market, where good crops were harvested.

Once again, they stressed the redundancy of the requirements of the Indian quarantine service to treat all imported grain with methyl bromide only, which were to enter into force on January 1, 2018. The Russian side pointed out that the Indian authorities must take into account the high level of safety and quality of Russian products that were never the objects of complaints made to the Rosselkhoznadzor (unlike, for example, Ukraine, which received 86 notifications from the Indian phytosanitary service at the beginning of November 2017, and nevertheless remains the main grain exporter to India), drew attention to the absence of dangerous for India quarantine pests in Russia and the climatic characteristics of the country that make it difficult to use methyl bromide in the cold season, that is, almost 8 months a year.

With a view to solving this issue, the parties came to the understanding that all foreign exporters will be subject to delay in the implementation of this provision of Indian legislation until July 1, 2018; the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Indian supervisory authorities will speed up the finalization of the Agreement on phytosanitary conditions for grain supply from Russia to India, the quarantine service of India will determine the specific terms for the inspection of the phytosanitary safety system for crop production in Russia, including alternative procedures for grain fumigation, which will take place no later than in March 2018.

The Russian colleagues reminded their counterparts of the interest of Russian business circles in the supply of poultry products, fish, fish products and seafood, honey, non-edible raw materials of animal origin (sheep wool, wet-salted cow hides) to India and asked to speed up the harmonization of import requirements.

In conclusion, the co-chairmen noted the progressive nature of trade and economic relations between the two countries and expressed confidence in reaching a mutual trade turnover between Russia and India up to $ 30 billion by 2025.


Dec 25, 2017

Categorys: Phytosanitary , Veterinary , Import. Export. Transit