On October 1, telephone talks with Director of Head Office ‘Chief state inspection on seed production, plant quarantine and protection’ Alexander Piskun took place at the initiative of the Rosselkhoznadzor.
The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed its deep concern with increased incidence of exports from the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation of vegetables and fruit, such as tomatoes, common mushrooms, pepper and apples with invalid phytosanitary certificates containing false and complicated information on the place of origin of products as well as with missing control system for certification of quarantine products from the moment of manufacturing until crossing of the administrative border between Russia and Belarus. Such situation is conducive to counterfeiting of products’ place of origin and exports of vegetables and fruit under sanctions to Russia.
To prevent exports of banned products to Russia from Belarus, on September 25, the Rosselkhoznadzor had to resort to the Head Office ‘Chief state inspection on seed production, plant quarantine and protection’ of the Republic of Belarus proposing to transport horticultural products, with the exception of certain types, through phytosanitary checkpoints (FCP) situated at the administrative border between Russia and Belarus and equipped with special sites for inspection of quarantine products: FCP ‘Krasnaya Gorka’ (Smolensk oblast) and FCP ‘Dolostsy’ (Pskov oblast).
In the course of the conversation the Rosselkhoznadzor explained that the sites were specially equipped for most efficient inspection and control possible of plant products against a background of a recent considerable growth in imports of vegetables and fruit from the Republic of Belarus and timely measures on re-export and prevention of exports of banned products. With that, products the origin of which as a rule raises no doubts (white cabbage, carrot, potatoes, cucumbers, beetroot, onion, radish, soybean meal, cranberry, etc.) can be imported to Russia like before through four phytosanitary points: FCP ‘Krasnaya Gorka’ (Smolensk oblast), FCP ‘Dolostsy’ (Pskov oblast), FCP ‘Krasny kamen’ (Bryansk oblast), FCP ‘Lobok’ (Pskov oblast).
Besides, the Rosselkhoznadzor stated that in the nearest time it was ready to send specialists to the Republic of Belarus to see the facilities where Chinese cabbage was grown, to evaluate the production volumes and planned exports of this vegetable to Russia.
The issue of improving information cooperation between the two countries was also touched upon. The Rosselkhoznadzor drew the attention of the counterparts on the need to establish a single information framework facilitating the traceability of quarantine products exported to the EAEU territory.
Alexander Piskun responded that currently Belarus was developing and testing an electronic system for issuance and record of phytosanitary documents ‘BelPhyto’. Subsequently, the Belarussian party envisages integrating the system with ‘Argus-Phyto’ currently used in Russia.
Concluding the conversation, the parties agreed to have a more detailed analysis of how quarantine lots crossed the FCP in Bryansk oblast and to settle a question of filling up of phytosanitary certificates, notably concerning additional information.