For the attention of the participants in foreign economic activities
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Due to a great flow of questions related to the same topic asked by representatives of the business community through our electronic reception I decided to answer all of them at a time on our website.
The point of the questions can be formulated as follows: is it required to prepare an application for entry on a paper form if the economic entity has made an application for entry in Argus? And will the permits issued by Argus in the automated mode be cancelled after the termination of the experimental run of the information system?
I’d like to give detailed answers to avoid misunderstanding.
The information mentioned below refers to 3 categories of goods for which a special mode has been introduced according to the decree of Elena Borisovna Skrynnik, Minister of Agriculture. These goods include:
- meat and meat products intended for human consumption,
- food products and raw materials for producing foods from fish and other hydrobionts,
- veterinary drugs registered in the territory of the Russian Federation.
So, the automated mode has been introduced quite legally.
These decisions are also processed by Argus’s modules which deal with the work of the veterinary administrations of the RF subjects as well as those modules which deal with the work of the central office of the Rosselkhoznadzor. We are fully responsible for the validity of all these decisions (including both permits and refusals).
Permits issued in this mode won’t be cancelled.
If the economic entity has already received a permit after submitting an electronic application it can send a written application to the Veterinary Administration of the relevant subject of the Russian Federation or it may not send such an application on a paper form. If the economic entity doesn’t send an application on a paper form it will have no negative consequences.
I’d like to call your attention to the fact that for those who are not good enough at computes or who are lazy there’s still a possibility to receive permits “in the old way”. You can, just the way you did it before, apply for a permit not directly through Argus but by sending (or bringing) you’re application on a paper form to the Veterinary Administration of the subject of the Russian Federation where you intend to export.
In the near future the authorization system of the Rosselkhoznadzor will be operated by Argus excluding, of course, those few applications which are impossible to review without our experts.
In this matter we enjoy full support of our Minister, our colleagues from the Ministry of Economy, the Russian government and Victor Alekseyevich Zubkov (who supervises us and the Ministry of Agriculture) and, as I think, almost all our business community. So, no complications are foreseen except technical ones as it all must be algorithmized, programmed, optimized and tested. But we can cope with the technical problems.
I’d like to take this opportunity to ask you, ladies and gentlemen, 2 questions and I hope to get your answers either through the electronic reception or on Forum.
1. Why do so many businessmen have fears that these permits can be cancelled? We have announced it many times that no one will cancel anything. Do these fears arise spontaneously or are they prompted by someone?
2. This question is intended only for businessmen and businesswomen from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
I can’t understand the strange trend: in Moscow a proportion of companies and private enterprises which execute applications for Argus is approaching 70% and in St. Petersburg this portion doesn’t exceed 5%. It’s hard to believe that the business-community of St. Petersburg is 14 times inferior to Moscow colleagues in terms of culture and computer competence. The Internet in St. Petersburg is not a rare thing either. What’s the problem?
Best regards N.Vlasov