Rosselkhoznadzor / News
Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance
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