The meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands took place on November 21 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The meeting was aimed at the discussion of the pilot project on the use of electronic certificates in bilateral trade with the Netherlands. The said project will be implemented in two stages.
The first stage is to start in December, 2017. The parties agreed that certificates would be uploaded into the Russian electronic certification system without electronic digital signature. The product batches will be accompanied with a certificate printed on the harmonized paper form certified by the signature of a veterinarian issuing the certificate and an impressed stamp.
In January, 2018 the second stage will begin when electronic certificates issued by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority are uploaded in the Russian electronic certification system following the verification of the electronic signature of the Netherlands competent authority.
At the second stage the product batches will be accompanied with a certificate printed on the harmonized paper form with the printed signature of a veterinarian issuing the certificate and a stamp.
Before launching the first stage of testing the parties agreed that the Rosselkhoznadzor was to reconcile the data in electronic and paper certificates. The parties also agreed upon the procedure of the harmonization of directories and registers used in electronic document issuing.
The parties agreed to pursue joint efforts in order to establish international standards for electronic certification and electronic signatures and to promote the paperless certification in food and agricultural product trade.
Besides, a decision was taken to hold a video-conference and to discuss the results and the pilot project testing process in April, 2018.
As a result of the meeting a protocol was signed.