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The pilot launch of Russia's "Green Corridor" to India is scheduled for May. Practical aspects of the Russian-Indian Customs Cooperation were discussed during a meeting on April 5 between the head of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) of Russia Andrey Belyaninov and India's Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Pankaj Saran.

The head of the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS) Andrey Belyaninov announced that the agency will be working to create a "green corridor" for goods imported from Syria, Iran and Italy.

According to a publication of Attek Center for Certification and Experts, over the last few weeks Belarussian customs officers seized about 270 tonnes of sanctioned fruits and vegetables at the border that were headed for the Russian market.

Russian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Sergey Levin, during a meeting in Tehran with the Iranian Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mahmoud Hedjati, said that the purpose of establishing a green corridor between the two countries is to increase the volume of products traded as well as decrease expenses attributed to transportation costs.

Russian customs organizations starting October 1, 2016, will require preliminary information for incoming ipments at the free sea port in Vladivostok. This initiative will come into force under the appropriation of article 22 of the Federal Law 13.07.2015 No 212-F3 “Regarding the Free Port of Vladivostok”.

Transporting goods from Ukraine and headed for Kazakhstan left for Russia on January 19. The cargo was moving under the supervision of Russian customs officers, who confirmed that these are the new conditions for cargo transportation from Ukraine passing through Russia, Natalia Mikolskaya, Ukraine's deputy minister of economy.

Discussions to establish a green lane in customs for Iranian food products took place last week between Mehdi Sanaei, ambassador of Iran in Russia, and officials in Moscow.

During a press conference, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev announced the possibility of lifting customs duties from Iranian imports.

The initiative of the Federal Customs Service of Russia (FCS) was designed to control traffic crossing the borders of Kazakhstan and Belarus to improve the effectiveness of seizing sanctioned products with false phytosanitary certificates, the head of the agency Andrey Belyaninov confirmed.

Fruit is the biggest segment of trade between South Africa (RSA) and Russia. Trade between the two countries began in the 90s and 2000s, during which time fruit accounted for 60 percent of the trade turnover. As trade of other commodities increased of , the share of fruit of SA exports dropped to 30-35% of the turnover, remaining a substantial part of trade relations between the two countries, according to Mikhail Fateev, head of the Food and Agriculture Sector of Russia-RSA Business Council, whose analysis of the situation is contained here in this article. 

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