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RF Quarantine Phytosanitary Requirements are Still Violated during Import of Quarantine Products from Europe

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance regrets to inform that international and Russian phytosanitary requirements are systematically violated during import of quarantine products to the Russian Federation, despite temporary restrictions earlier imposed on quarantine products from the EU and despite the DG SANCO’s promises to improve phytosanitary quarantine system applied to control quarantine products exported from the EU.

For example, in summer which is the most favourble season for the quarantine objects to acclimatize 29 quarantine objects were detected in products imported from the EU to the Russian Federation, such as Californian thrips, golden nematode, Mediterranean fruit fly, oriental fruit moth. National organizations responsible for plant protection and quarantine from some European countries cannot apparently explain to the participants of the foreign economic activity what products imported to Russia require a phytosanitary certificate. Neither lists of quarantine objects posted on the website of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Eurasian Economic Commission, nor numerous letters sent by the Rosselkhoznadzor including those ones sent via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation could facilitate this process. Quarantine products of high phytosanitary risk are still imported to Russia without phytosanitary certificates. The Netherlands has again distinguished itself. Thus, planting material (14 trees) was imported from the Dutch Royal Palace «Het Loo», Amsterdam, in early summer without any control on behalf of the EU members (by the Netherlands — where the products were dispatched and by Estonia — the planting material was imported to the Russian Federation through its border inspection posts) and no phytosanitary certificate issued by the National plant protection organization of the EU member was attached to them. Therefore, a reasonable question arises: If the EU phytosanitary control system is being improved, where are the results?

Sep 6, 2013

Categorys: Harmonization CU/EU , Phytosanitary , Customs Union