20 January 2018, Saturday, 12:29

Russia hinders the road for smuggled goods from Belarus


Rosselkhoznadzor (the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Monitoring Service of Russia) has not believed in “Belarusian” apples and bell peppers.

Ten shipments of fruits and vegetables from Belarus have been banned from being imported to the territory of Russia. Such a decision has been adopted by experts of the directorate of Rosselkhoznadzor for Bryansk and Smolensk regions of Russia. They include Moldovan apples, which were transported to Russia under the guise of Belarusian ones, the press-service of the directorate informs.

“During inspection of products of vegetable origin, transferred through the territory of the Customs Union, carried out together with the organs of customs and border control from August 23 to 25 in the auto roads M13 Bryansk - Homel in the settlement of Krasny Kamen and M1 Moscow - Minsk in the village of Krasnaya, import of 10 batches of vegetable products was banned, including the batch of Moldovan apples which weight was 20 tons. In the course of the control by experts of the directorate of Rosselkhoznadzor for Bryansk and Smolensk regions, lack of correspondence in the information in the accompanying phytosanitary documents and on the packing of the products was established,” the report reads.

Thus, under the documents issued by “The main directorate of the State Inspection for seed production, quarantine and protection of plants,” the manufacturer and exporter of the goods is a Belarusian individual entrepreneur, A.O. Chilek. However, the data on the marking of goods show that these fruits had been produced in the Republic of Moldova.

Besides, this refers to a batch of bell pepper (about 15 tons). In addition, it had been established that the information given in the phytosanitary documents and on the product packaging mismatch. The phytosanitary document shows Macedonia as the country of origin. However, the information of the marking shows that these vegetables had been produced in Poland.

Besides, 8 shipments of different kinds of vegetables, fruits and berries with the total weight of about 115 tons, which were transported without marking which should include product list, the country of origin and exporter, and also without phytosanitary certificates.

These shipments were returned to Belarus.

We remind that yesterday the president of Russia publicly accused Belarus of smuggling goods. As said by him, banned re-export of goods from the EU is carried out through our country. It was said by Vladimir Putin during the meeting of the leaders of the Customs Union with Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko in presence of the EU representatives.

“Today, even in the framework of the Customs Union, goods banned from importing from the EU countries to the territory of Russia are transported. In this case unfortunately, through Belarus,” he said. “It is written above: country of origin – Belarus. We remove the sticker and see – Poland.”

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