Video conference between the Advisor to the Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Vasily Lavrovsky and Mr. U. Kauaria, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources were held on January 29. The meeting was also attended by the employees of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Namibia, experts from the Rosselkhoznadzor and the subordinate Center for the Safety of Fish Products.
Vasily Lavrovsky specified that Russia exports fish and fish products to dozens of countries in the world and the Namibian market, being a constituent part of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which includes another 27 states of the so-called "Black Africa" is of significant interest to domestic exporters. Today, more than 20 Russian fish-processing establishments have confirmed their intention to enter the Namibian market.
In this connection the Rosselkhoznadzor addressed the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of the country with a request to initial the veterinary certificate, which could be used for fish export from Russia. The certificate prepared by the Rosselkhoznadzor considering the requirements of the Namibian Competent Authority is a guarantee for the product compliance with high quality and safety criteria.
Mr. U. Kauaria informed that Namibia shares the Russia’s interest and is ready to initial the certificate suggested by the Rosselkhoznadzor. Herewith, he stressed that the country follows the principles of the free market, where there is no any list of foreign product exporters, however, the local companies interested in Russian product import shall get a certain permit from the Namibian Ministry Industry and Trade. In the event that violations of Namibian veterinary legislation are detected during the supply process, for example, regarding the presence of pathogen and contaminant residues in the consignment, the Ministry reserves the right to take action against the unscrupulous suppliers.
For its part, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources raised the issue of expanding the list of Namibian establishments approved for fish and seafood export to the Russian market. Today, two companies exporting live oysters to Russia have this opportunity.
The Rosselkhoznadzor confirmed its readiness to promptly consider this request and expressed hope for the further development of trade relations between the countries.