On July 7, the Rosselkhoznadzor, with the participation of the Russian Trade Mission in China, held talks with the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC). The meeting continued to discuss the issues voiced by the parties during the videoconference held on June 29.
The topic of the possible agreement of a draft protocol on the export of alfalfa from Russia to China was raised again. The document has been studied by the Chinese side since April 2021. As GACC assured, comments on this draft will be sent to the Rosselkhoznadzor in the near future.
The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed once again its interest in expanding the list of Russian regions from which wheat and barley can be exported to China. The Service also asked about the possibility of exporting these products from all regions of Russia, without the currently adopted regionalization principle. For this purpose, since 2018, the Russian agency has repeatedly sent detailed information about the phytosanitary status of the Russian Federation territory, including the evidence proving the absence of quarantine pests for the PRC. The parties agreed to continue discussing this issue. Now there are seven regions of the Russian Federation in the list of wheat and barley suppliers (Altai and Krasnoyarsk Krais, Chelyabinsk, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Amur and Kurgan Oblasts).
The participants of the negotiations also raised the possibility of resuming the supply of seed, stone and citrus fruits to Russia.
It should be reminded that since August 10, 2019, the Rosselkhoznadzor suspended the import of stone and seed fruits to the territory of the Russian Federation. A similar measure came into effect on January 6, 2020 with respect to imports of citrus fruits from China. The ban was introduced in connection with the increased cases of exports of Chinese plant products, infested with dangerous pests, subject to quarantine in the EAEU.
The Rosselkhoznadzor has repeatedly asked colleagues from the GACC to send information confirming the traceability of fruits sent to Russia, that is, the chain of their movements from orchards to packaging establishments, and then to ports or places where goods are loaded onto vehicles transporting goods to Russia. Since the season of stone fruits in China is already over, the Service expects from the Chinese side the specified information concerning seed and citrus fruits.
The Rosselkhoznadzor and the GACC agreed to hold regular talks on the announced topics in August.