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Talks between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Chief State Inspection for Seed Production, Plant Protection and Quarantine of Belarus

The talks were held in Moscow and were devoted to phytosanitary safety of mutual supplies of products of plant origin. Recognizing both the importance of the constructive solution of existing problems and objective difficulties caused by insufficiently thrashed out organizational and legal issues, the parties agreed for establish a system of timely and comprehensive exchange of information concerning all cases of routine detection of quarantinable objects in mutually supplied quarantine products with a copy of the plant health certificates to be attached to the notification. One of the key elements of the system can be a joint software package based on the Argus Phyto tool developed by the Rosselkhoznadzor.

In order to avoid problems due to the circulation of quarantine products brought through borders of different CU members in the common customs space, it was decided to jointly elaborate the amendments to the CU plant quarantine legal base, in particular, as regards the CU members’ accession to the phytosanitary measures introduced by one of the members similarly to the CU law in the veterinary field and to establish a common authorization system for import of quarantine products to the CU territory based on electronic import quarantine notifications using plant health document issue and recording system. Pending the establishment of the abovementioned system Russia repeatedly requested Belarus to consider its accession to temporary restrictions imposed by the Rosselkhoznadzor from 1 July 2013 on seed and ware potato, as well as on propagating material supplies from the European Union except for the nurseries located in the EU territory and recognized free from objects quarantinable for Russia according to the IPPC (1951 as amended in 1997) and Article 8 of the CU Agreement on Plant Quarantine of 11 December 2009. The Belarusian party confirmed the reasonability of these temporary restrictions imposed.

The Russian party supported the proposal from Belarus concerning the contraction of validity period of plant health certificates issued by competent authorities of the CU members for transiting through the CU territory to 30 days. To assess the risk of potential import of potato posing high phytosanitary risk through Belarus to Russia, the Rosselkhoznadzor requested from Belarus data on potato imports from the EU to Belarus during 2012-2013. Russia concurred in the request of the Belarusian party as regards the vehicle number to be obligatorily indicated in the plant health certificate for quarantine products intended for Belarusian consumers. Upon the end of the talks minutes were signed.

 

Nov 19, 2013

Categorys: Information system ARGUS , Phytosanitary , Veterinary , Import. Export. Transit