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A Canadian cargo didn’t meet Russian phytosanitary requirements

On August 22, 2018, fifteen tons of Canadian grass seed were banned from import in St.Petersburg by an official of a local office of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation.

According to the regional website of the Federal Service, violations of plant quarantine import regulations established within the borders of the Eurasian Economic Union were at the bottom of the ban. In particular, the document checks revealed discrepancy on cargo origins in the existing import phytosanitary certificate and the commercial agreement. Moreover, the labels of those grass seed packages didn’t contain any information about the exporter.

“The Office of the Federal Service for St.Petersburg, the Leningrad and Pskov regions recommends to Russian consignees and cargo owners to remind their foreign partners of a need to fill out their documentation on their vegetable and animal products precisely and correctly; and, also, to observe strictly common quarantine and phytosanitary requirements on the customs border and territory of the Eurasian Economic Union.”

In this situation, when the Canadian cargo is forbidden from Russia, it should be either returned or destroyed at the owner’s own expense. Meanwhile, both the Russian owner and the Canadian exporter remained unnamed.

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