On November, 5-8 a number of events are to be held within 76th meeting of the WTO Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in Geneva.
On November, 5 a thematic session on approval procedures of livestock products for access to the markets of the WTO member-countries took place. China, Ukraine, the EU, New Zealand, Turkey and other countries presented reports on their access systems and procedures. Besides, the issues of non-tariff barriers for export of livestock products were discussed by the WTO members. Unreasonable delays and long-term document review, requests for more data than it is necessary for the potential risk assessment and the lack of transparency are the non-tariff barriers that do not comply with the basic principles of WTO Agreement on the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures. Following the general discussion the WTO member-countries stressed that the approval procedures should be reasonable from the point of view of risk assessment, as well as timely, non-discriminatory and transparent.
On November, 6 the non-official meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, where the WTO member-countries discussed new issues and initiatives on the fifth review of the SPS Agreement was held. In the opinion of the Committee participants, the issues of the control and approval procedures, risk assessment, equivalence and transparency, functioning of SPS national coordination mechanisms, minimum permissible levels of harmful substances, regionalization, and spread of Leucania loreyi pest require further elaboration by way of discussions, including those at thematic sessions.
On November, 6 the Rosselkhoznadzor held meetings with the delegations of the Republic of Turkey, Korea and Philippines.
When discussing the issues of access of Russian animal products from Russia to Turkey at the meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey, the Service representatives highlighted the request for Turkish veterinary and sanitary requirements for import of bovine and small ruminants from Russia as well as the genetic material and embryos thereof.
In return the Turkish party assured that it will shortly provide the requested information in the official letter.
In turn, the Russian authority thanked the Turkish colleagues for veterinary certificates for export of milk, dairy products and horses from Russia that was harmonized in October, 2019.
During the negotiations the parties noted the high level organization of the inspection by the Russian specialists of the Turkish fish and fishery products processing establishments that took place in September 2019.
The Rosselkhoznadzor assured the Turkish colleagues, that preliminary inspection report will be provided after completion of the analysis of the received materials during the visit to Turkey.
Within the discussion of the issues on import of the Turkish products the Russian party informed about the harmonization procedure of the veterinary certificate for import of gelatin from Turkey. The matter is currently under consideration by the EAEU member-countries.
Besides, during the negotiations the Turkish colleagues sent the investigation materials in connection with the detection of harmful substances in Turkish dairy products.
At the meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Korean colleagues the Service once again emphasized that the entire Russian territory is free from highly pathogenic avian influenza and asked to recover access for the Russian poultry products to the Korean market. In the view of the absence of further comments for the Russian materials from the Korean colleagues, in accordance with the risk assessment procedure of import of the above-mentioned products to the Korean market the Russian party invited the foreign specialists to visit the Russian Federation for inspection of the establishments interested in the poultry meat supplies.
Discussing the issues on supplies of the Russian beef to Korea, the Service representatives asked the Korean colleagues to review the lists of establishments interested in export of such a product for the possibility of their approval for supplies, which were previously sent to them in the official letter.
The Russian party expressed its readiness to accept the Korean delegation for the inspection of these establishments. In response to this the Korean colleagues informed that they had already launched the risk assessment procedure of the Russian beef for import and will forward a relevant questionnaire to the Service in the near future.
In the course of discussion of the issue of the Russian pork access to the Korean market the foreign specialists noted that the matter may be reviewed after stabilization of the ASF situation in the Republic of Korea.
Thus, 30 outbreaks of the above-mentioned virus were recorded in the territory of Korea in 2019.
Within the framework of enhancing the mutual cooperation the Russian party invited the Korean colleagues to visit Russia for familiarization with the control measures taken by the State Veterinary Office for ASF elimination.
At the meeting with the Philippine colleagues the Service stated about the necessity of extending the list of poultry meat products supplied from the Russian establishments that were previously approved, adding the poultry offal approved for supplies.
The Philippine party responded that according to the Philippine’s regulatory documents, the risks of import of poultry meat and offal thereof are assessed separately. The Rosselkhoznadzor requested the colleagues to submit the documents for review as soon as possible.
The Philippine colleagues also noted that they are looking forward to launching supplies of poultry meat from the Russian approved establishments.
Discussing the opportunity of accreditation of the Philippine additional establishments for fish production to the Russian market, the Rosselkhoznadzor informed about the lack of supplies to Russia from the previously approved establishments since 2018. For this reason the issue of the extension of the list of the Philippine manufacturers will be reviewed after the launching of products supplies from the previously included establishments and carrying out the monitoring research of the products coming to the Russian Federation.
As regards the access of the Russian beef the Philippine colleagues once again emphasized that for the consideration of this issue Russia must have a BSE risk status by the OIE. In return the Russian party informed about preparation of the relevant dossier that is being carried out jointly with the OIE experts. The Philippine party welcomed the efforts made by the Rosselkhoznadzor and promised to send a related questionnaire on beef access to the Philippine market.
Among other issues the Philippine colleagues expressed willingness to export fruits to Russia. In response the Service informed that supplies of such products should be carried out in accordance with the Regulation on the procedure for quarantine and phytosanitary control at the customs border of Eurasian Economic Commission approved by Customs Union Commission Decision No. 318 of 18 June 2010.