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Rosselkhoznadzor Held Talks with the Directorate-General for Food of France

On September 28, the Rosselkhoznadzor held videoconference talks with representatives of the Directorate-General for Food (DGAL) of the French Republic. The meeting was also attended by employees of the French Embassy in the Russian Federation.

During the negotiations, foreign colleagues familiarized the Rosselkhoznadzor with the work of the new module of the European Union information system TRACES-NT, which from October 1, 2021, will allow the issuance of phytosanitary certificates (PSCs) both in paper and electronic form. The digital PSCs are currently exchanged with a number of countries, such as the USA, Brazil and Argentina. 

DGAL noted that they are interested in the soonest integration with the Russian information system FGIS ARGUS-PHYTO, which will speed up the process of clearance of goods, reduce material and financial costs, and minimize the risk of human errors when processing phytosanitary documents.

The Rosselkhoznadzor agreed with the DGAL position and will soon send to colleagues a draft Protocol on the integration of information systems. After studying it by the French competent authority, the parties intend to hold an additional meeting at the level of technical specialists.

The Russian authority stressed that before the full transition to electronic document management for products shipped to consignees in the Russian Federation, it is necessary to issue phytosanitary certificates in paper form in accordance with the requirements of international legislation – with the signature of a specialist and the seal of the French NPPO. 

The parties also discussed issues related to the restrictions previously imposed by the Rosselkhoznadzor on the import of seed material from French establishments Euralis and Monsanto due to detection of quarantine pests  stem canker of sunflowers (Diaporthe helianthi Munt. Cvet. Et al.(=Phomopsis helianthi Munt. Cvet. Et al.) and Northern corn leaf spot (Cochliobolus carbonum R.R. Nelson).

The Rosselkhoznadzor reminded the French colleagues that in order to organize joint work on the diagnostic methods for Northern corn leaf spot, a working group was established at the level of plant quarantine research institutions in Russia and France.

The Rosselkhoznadzor noted that it is ready to return to the revision of the current restrictions after providing information on the comprehensive measures taken by the French side.

 

Sep 29, 2021

Categorys: Phytosanitary