Sarajevo, August 5, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Mladen Dragojlovic
The BiH Office for Plant Health Protection sent, by order of the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Sarovic, a request for urgent arrival of inspectors from the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Policy, which will have the opportunity to see that the phytosanitary system in BiH is working under high standards.
Office Management received, by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in BiH, information about the temporary ban on exports of fruit and vegetables from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Russia.
“This information was published on Thursday on the official website of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation”, announced the BiH Office for Plant Health Protection.
Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision has expressed concern over the increase in the volume of exports of fruit and vegetables to the Russian Federation this year, which are especially interested in the phytosanitary system in BiH and the entire production of fruit and vegetables. BiH Office emphasized that the safety of fruits and vegetables is tracked by entity laboratories and that phytosanitary certificates are issued by phytosanitary inspectors who are in the jurisdiction of the entity, and that entity authorities and institutions are part of the phytosanitary system in BiH.
“We have requested the urgent repeal of the temporary ban on the import of fruits and vegetables from Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Russian Federation, bearing in mind that this prohibition came suddenly and that there is already a significant number of consignments are prepared for shipment”, emphasized BiH Office in statement.
BiH Office Management, in the letter dated on 13 June, informed the Russian side that it is ready to accept inspection of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision, but the Russians in their letter have not proposed any dates of arrival. Additional problem were caused by the information which appeared in some media saying that BiH refused to accept the inspection of the Russian side.
The Russian Embassy in BiH announced that it is in constant contact with the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control of Russia to solve the problem of the temporary ban on imports of agricultural products from BiH to Russia, which is already in force.
The Embassy stated that the decision came because of the unwillingness of the BiH Office for Plant Health to receive a delegation of Russian inspectors to introduce the system of phytosanitary controls as well as to visit the place of cultivation and maintenance of agricultural products intended for export in Russia, within the deadline which the Russian side has proposed.