Rosselkhoznadzor to optimize European meat imports starting March 1
MOSCOW. Feb 5 (Interfax) - Starting March 1, Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) will be optimizing the procedures for importing meat overland from Europe to Russia, putting controls in place at the border with the Union state of Belarus and Russia.
The main changes involve through-points sited along Belarus's border with the EU. Now these will effect control on product quality and monitor product compliance with Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements. "This means control over the quality of meat shipped to Russia will be effected at the outer border of the Union state," a Rosselkhoznadzor representative told Interfax.
Shipments of meat and raw meat product by automobile transport to Russian regions (excluding regions in the Northwestern Federal District) will be permitted through the through-points Troebortnoye and Pogar, located on the Russian-Ukrainian section of Russia's state border, as well as through points in Belarus located on its border with the EU: Kozlovichi, Burzgi, Privalka, Kamenny Log, and Kotlovka.
Through these Belarusian points will be allowed imports of meat and raw meat product from the three Baltic states, from Switzerland, Norway, and Finland. Also, shipments from these countries may come through the Russian through-points Ubylinka, Shumilkino, Burachki, Torfyanovka, Brusnichnoye, Svetogorsk, Ivangorod, and Borisoglebsk.
Rosselkhoznadzor said shipments of imported meat and raw meat product transiting through Belarus and destined for the Russian market will have to undergo full customs inspections with the proper veterinary documentation at the indicated through-points.
Shipments of meat from European countries to regions in Russia's Northwestern Federal District will pass through Ubylinka, Shumilkino, Burachki, Torfyanovka, Brusnichnoye, Svetogorsk, Ivangorod, and Borisoglebsk.