Today, on November 29, 2018, the Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Yulia Shvabauskene, held a meeting with the delegation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, headed by the Chief Phytosanitary Officer of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Philip de Jong. Within this meeting, the parties discussed the situation with the import of planting materials to Russia.
During the meeting, the parties summed up the results of joint work on the implementation of pre-shipment monitoring of planting material and seed potatoes.
The Russian side expressed concern over the detection of strawberry anthracnose in strawberry seedlings, accompanied by phytosanitary certificates issued by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the Netherlands, confirming the compliance of products with the established phytosanitary requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union. These cases resulted in imposition of ban on import of strawberries seedlings from two Dutch nurseries since July 5, 2018.
The Dutch side assured the Rosselkhoznadzor that the facts of the detection of strawberry anthracnose are being investigated and measures will be taken to prevent such violations.
As part of the discussion on pre-shipment monitoring of planting materials, the NPPO of the Netherlands suggested that the Rosselkhoznadzor should consider accreditation of 30 Dutch nurseries for export of planting materials to Russia. Taking into account the need to comply with phytosanitary regulations for the implementation of such activities, the parties agreed to continue cooperation on this issue.
The parties also discussed the issue of supplying bulbous crops and seed material to the Russian Federation.
To ensure the traceability and phytosanitary security of export of seed material and bulbous crops under the current system of phytosanitary control in Holland, the Rosselkhoznadzor suggested the Dutch side to consider the issue of authorization by the Rosselkhoznadzor of the sites for the production of bulbous crops and seeds.
The Rosselkhoznadzor asked the NPPO of the Netherlands to examine a draft Protocol sent by the Rosselkhoznadzor letter in July 2018 for the export of seed material and bulbous crops from Holland to Russia, and also to send detailed information on each producer of bulbous crops and seed crops in the Netherlands.
At the end of the meeting, the parties agreed to consider the establishment of a working group for development of procedures used during export of planting and seed material, bulbous crops from Holland to Russia.