Russia banned the import of courgettes and pumpkins from Turkey


The Rosselkhoznadzor has taken the decision to suspend imports to Russia courgettes and pumpkins from Turkey. The ban will come into force on 19 may 2016, reports “Interfax”.

“Today we have decided to enter since may 19, temporary restrictions on the import of courgettes and pumpkins as they are detected quarantine for Russia objects”, – said the Agency Deputy head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Julia Shvabauskene.

The representative of the office explained that during inspections pests are usually found in zucchini, but since the customs classification of goods for the zucchini and pumpkin are under one code, then the limitation will apply those and other.

From may 16, in Russia came into force a ban on the import into the country, including through third countries, of lettuce and the iceberg lettuce from Turkey, which was explained by the identification of the products of harmful bug – Western California thrips. Last week, Shvabauskene warned about the possibility of introducing due to the “insolvency” of the Turkish phytosanitary service of a prohibition on the importation from Turkey of all vegetables and fruits. However, today it became known that the introduction of a total ban has been postponed.

“Most likely, close all will not. Again close something partially because they [the agencies] actively went out with us to the talks. Then will continue to negotiate,” – said TASS, the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert.

“But we received an appeal from the national organization on quarantine of plants of Turkey, which lists a range of measures to strengthen control over the export of vegetables and fruits. And yet took the decision to ban the zucchini and pumpkins”, – explained the position of the Department of Shvabauskene.

From 17 March 2016, the Rosselkhoznadzor has banned the import of sweet peppers and pomegranates from Turkey, and from April 25 — eggplant.

In accordance with the decree of the government of the Russian Federation adopted in accordance with the presidential decree on application of special economic measures against Turkey, from January 1, 2016 banned the import of Turkish vegetables and fruits: tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, fresh and dried oranges, mandarins and their hybrids, fresh apples, pears, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums and sloe, as well as grapes, and strawberries.