The talks were held in the format of a video-conference on November 7 and were devoted to the discussion of issues of the Russian-Mexican cooperation as regards the implementation of electronic information systems in the veterinary field.
The Mexican National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) expressed readiness to fully encourage the establishment of cooperation in this area and stated the belief that the application of electronic certificates in mutual trade would open a new stage in the relations between the countries.
The SENASICA noted that a consignment electronic certification system had been developed and was successfully used in Mexico when exporting products to other countries. Currently Mexico is considering the possible total cancellation of paper certificates.
The Rosselkhoznadzor described the Russian information system FGIS “Mercury” in detail and noted that Russia used various data transfer options in the interaction with the trade partners worldwide. For example, some animal products imported to Russia from Chile, the Netherlands and New Zealand are accompanied by certificates in XML format. At the same time Hungary transfers product export data using the web-interface of the information system “Mercury”.
The parties decided to consider the best ways of the collaboration between Russia and Mexico as regards the implementation of consignment electronic certification systems and agreed that in the initial stage the electronic certification might be used when importing horse meat and egg products to Russia from Mexico.
In the near future the parties are to allow mutual access to the trial versions of electronic certification systems and to develop the plan for further cooperation in this field.
The Rosselkhoznadzor and the SENASICA exchanged contact information as regards technical experts and agreed to pursue consultations.