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The volume of Uzbek agricultural imports since the start of the year have increased by 10% with citrus fruit having increased by a factor of 54, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Representatives of Turkey will not be visiting Moscow on April 26 to discuss the situation regarding sanctions on exports to Russia because officials were unable to obtain visas, the deputy head of Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseyenko told RIA Novosti.

Restrictions against all Turkish plant products could be put into action as soon as next month if talks between the two countries are not initiated, the head of Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service, Sergey Dankvert, said.

Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) reported that according to point 1 of article VII of the International Convention for the Quarantine and Plant Protection relating to the systematic Turkish suppliers on March 17, 2016, the Russian agency initiated temporary restrictions on pepper (commodity code 0709601000) and grenades (0810909800) imports, including through third countries.

A research branch of Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) reported that during the month of February the Top-10 import countries that violated quarantine regulations when pests were detected on their products alone have accounted for 73% of all violations reported in February.

Thirty-seven tonnes of grapes from Peru may never reach store shelves after they arrived in Russia's northern capital of St. Petersburg without proper phytosanitary certificates.

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) requested the State Inspection for Seed Production, Quarantine and Plant Protection of the Republic of Belarus that as of March 1, 2016, to not process plant products originating from Liberia, including fresh mushrooms, fresh iceberg lettuce, fresh pears and fresh apples fresh. The agency also had the same request for products originating from India in transit through Belarus.

During a roundtable meeting, Deputy Director of Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance agency (Rosselkhoznadzor) Aleksey Alekseyenko said that the two main obstacles that prospective trade partners face are logistical issues in addition to the volatility of the ruble.

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”.

Deputy Director of Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) Nikolai Vlasov, in his report, which was presented at the “Practical Recommendations of Rosselkhoznadzor and Retail Network for First-Time Supplier Countries” roundtable on February 8 at the ProdExpo, discussed several ways that new supplier countries can reap the fruits of the Russian market.

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