Russia to Keep Destroying Smuggled Foreign Food

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By Natalia Suvorova

Aug. 12 — The Russian government extended until Dec. 31, 2017, the duration of time that it will destroy embargoed food coming into that country.

A government resolution, dated Aug. 10, refers to agricultural products, raw materials and food from the U.S., European Union, Canada, Australia, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Liechtenstein. All these countries fall within the scope of the food embargo imposed by the Kremlin as a response to Western sanctions in August 2014.

The resolution was published on the government website for legal information on Aug. 12 and tells Russian authorities how to destroy such imports at the border.

Over the past 12 months, Russian authorities destroyed more than 7.5 thousands of tons of smuggled food, Rosselkhoznadzor, a state phytosanitary watchdog, said in an Aug. 5 statement. More than 97 percent of those products were fruits and vegetables, while the rest were animal products.

Most of the destroyed products came from European countries, the agency representative told Bloomberg BNA by phone Aug. 12. The representative did not provide details about the destroyed food's countries of origin, but said that she “could not recollect” seeing products from the U.S. in the reports (127 ITD, 7/1/16).

Russian President Vladimir Putin in July 2015 signed resolution No. 774, which stipulates that the embargoed products coming into Russia must be destroyed “in any way possible” that meets Russian environmental standards. Previously, illegal goods detected at the border were sent back to their country of origin.

The resolution doesn't apply to goods imported by individuals for personal use or intended for transit.

By Natalia Suvorova

To contact the reporter on this story: Natalia Suvorova in Moscow at correspondents@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerome Ashton at jashton@bna.com

For More Information

The resolution No. 782 from Aug. 10 is available in Russian at http://publication.pravo.gov.ru/Document/View/0001201608120018?index=0&rangeSize=1.

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