On September 7, negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (PCR GAC) were held in a video format.
It was announced that the Russian Agency had previously detected a quarantine pest for the EAEU member states (bacterial wilt of potato (Ralstonia solanacearum)) in a consignment of potatoes imported from China. The service notified the Chinese colleagues about this. The PCR GAC representatives reported that since January 2021, they have not certified potatoes for export to the Russian Federation, and therefore concluded that the detected consignment of infested products had been imported into Russia using fake accompanying documents. An official letter about this will be sent to the Rosselkhoznadzor.
The Russian side will send its Chinese colleagues copies of the documents that accompanied the shipment, as well as information about the consignee for investigating the causes of the incident.
The Chinese side also offered to send a list of Chinese potato producers that meet the requirements of the Russian Federation. The Chinese Agency will form this list after inspections of establishments interested in export to Russia.
In keeping with the theme of detection of infested plant consignments, representatives of the Russian Authority reported that they had detected the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) in tomatoes shipped from China to Russia – a pest that is included in the list of quarantine pests for the EAEU since July 7, 2021. The Rosselkhoznadzor notified that the import of plant products is allowed from zones, places, areas free from the virus. Chinese experts noted that ToBRFV is also a quarantine pest for the PRC. They noted that they had strengthened control over the vegetables of the Solanaceae family exported to Russia to prevent the import of infested consignments to the Russian Federation.
During the negotiations, the Russian side reported that domestic importers are interested in purchasing peony rhizomes (tree and herbaceous) from China. To start imports the Rosselkhoznadzor needs to conduct video inspections of establishments interested in export to the territory of the Russian Federation. The Service sent information about the procedure for organizing such inspections to the PRC GAC.
In addition, the Russian Agency also informed about the interest of Russian importers in importing vegetable seeds from China. The Rosselkhoznadzor asked to send information about the phytosanitary status of such products and notified that, according to the legislation, it is not allowed to import GMO seeds into Russia.
The parties agreed to exchange all the information requested during the meeting and thanked each other for the discussion.