Russia may ban re-export of fruit and vegetables across the EU, reported “Interfax” with reference to the Deputy head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Julia, Shvabauskene.
“May prohibit the re-export of fruit and vegetables across the EU, as they suspect that they contribute to the supply of the sanctions under the guise of products from African countries”, — said Shvabauskene.
According to her, the Rosselkhoznadzor suspicious products accompanied with phytosanitary certificates of Benin, Yemen, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. In addition, the departments have questions to the products with certificates of Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and some other countries that come to Russia from the Netherlands and Belgium through Belarus, she added.
“We have no documentary evidence of the moving of goods, there is no evidence that they, for example, transporting a car, so it is suspected that moves only the paper, and goods are from the sanctions countries. You can, for example, to take the goods from Poland and send it with the certificate, say, Cameroon,” — said the Deputy head of the Rosselhoznadzor.
Suspicions of the Rosselkhoznadzor, said Shvabauskene, reinforces the fact that within the EU the goods are moved without phytosanitary certificates.
The Rosselkhoznadzor is planning to obtain from European colleagues discuss the current situation, said the Deputy Minister. In particular, on June 7 this issue will be discussed with the head of the Belarusian state Inspectorate for seed production quarantine and plant Alexander Piskun, because of Belarus are the main streams of re-export, said Shvabauskene.
It also has not excluded that the Rosselkhoznadzor will insist on making the EU a supplementary agreement confirming the transfer of goods from countries, including African, are not covered by the Russian food embargo.
In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor may prohibit the re-export of plant products not only from the EU but also Latin America, said on Monday TASS the official representative of Department Julia Melano.
Rosselkhoznadzor has asked Belarus from 1 June to import products without confirmation of re-export certificates to the EU, as well as to stop the supply of plant products from a number of republics. The decision of the Russian side was due to the fact that the products may be imported from countries that have fallen under the food embargo.
In April, the Rosselkhoznadzor has temporarily restricted the import into Russia of plant products of high phytosanitary risk from India, Liberia and Jordan, to avoid the supply of agricultural products included in the list of programarlo. The import was allowed only through the checkpoints located in the Russian section of the external border of the Customs Union.