Russia and the European Commission first discussed the fight against smuggling of agricultural products


BRUSSELS, October 26. /Corr.TASS Denis Dubrovin/. The Russian Federation and the European Commission held the first talks on the fight against smuggling of agricultural products. This was announced at a press conference the Deputy head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Yevgeny Nepoklonov, who heads the Russian delegation together with the Deputy head of the Federal customs service Ruslan Davydov.

“These are the first consultations recently with the participation of all four General directorates of the European Commission responsible for export-import operations in the EU customs regulation, sanitary and phytosanitary aspects, the fight against contrabands and trade,” he said.

“Discussed the organization of interaction in a transparent move livestock and crop production and detection of cases of smuggling”, he said.

According to him, the Russian Federation invited the Commission to create an information system that would unite the Russian customs system and the European system of control of origin of products that would create conditions for rapid and trouble free clearance and verification of origin of agricultural products when crossing the Russian border.

“For a long time the Commission took no action in this direction, as a result, Russia has received tens of thousands of tons of false certified products,” said Nepoklonov.

“We have repeatedly sent notice of these cases, the European Commission, but they weren’t given clear answers”, he added.

The Russian Federation invited the Commission to lay out in open access on Internet resources of the granted export certificates for agricultural products to the Russian customs officials could quickly verify this information, has informed in turn the Deputy head of the Federal customs service Ruslan Davydov.

“We invited the Commission to lay out in open access on Internet resources of the granted export certificates for agricultural products to the Russian customs officers might promptly verify this information. It can complement the exchange of information via secure channels. All this should prevent the cheaters to participate in smuggling schemes,” he said.