The Federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has banned 21 November the import of plant products from Syria and Uganda through the territory of Belarus, reports the Agency “Prime” with reference to the press service of the Ministry.

Earlier Rosselkhoznadzor noted an increase of deliveries to Russia from Belarus product origin Syria and Uganda, accompanied by re-export phytosanitary certificates of Belarus. The restriction is imposed to prevent the importation to Russia of agricultural products from countries that fall under the food embargo imposed by Russia.

The office is not the first time imposes restrictions in connection with the operation of the food embargo. So, from the end of September, Rosselkhoznadzor imposed a ban on the issuance of phytosanitary certificates for re-exports through Belarus in Russia peaches, nectarines and grapes originating from the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as apricots, strawberries and pears from Burkina Faso.

In June, the Rosselkhoznadzor had announced the ban in June 27, import to Russia through Belarus mushroom, vegetables and fruits from Africa. The decision was taken due to suspicions about the authenticity of the phytosanitary certificates of the countries of origin of the quarantineable products imported to Russia from Belarus from countries such as côte d’ivoire, Benin, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Mali.

On 18 June, the Department issued another ban on re-export of plant products from several countries of Africa.

As explained in the Department, such measures are taken to ensure that under the guise of African products in Russia are not imported goods from countries, the supply of which is prohibited. In particular, during checks it was found that although African countries have confirmed their certificates, but the supply is, for example, in Holland, and from Holland no documents in the Baltic States and Poland and then to Belarus, and from Belarus – to Russia. And in the course of this route was not excluded the substitution of products in goods of those countries, the supply of which is prohibited.

Previously, the Rosselkhoznadzor has asked Belarus to stop the supply into Russia of plant products from Africa to the concerns that the products are actually imported from countries that came under the food embargo.

The Rosselkhoznadzor has banned the import of plant products from Syria and Uganda through Belarus 21.11.2016

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