Russian and other Eurasian Economic Union countries' laws changed as of July 1 2017

Who is affected by new stricter phytosanitary demands from Russia?

On July 1 the countries united in the Eurasian Economic Union, including the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, changed their phytosanitary regulations and therefore unified them. It comes down to the fact that for some countries cut flowers not only have to be free of various diseases and plagues such as trips, white fly and Japanese rust (chrysanthemums), but they also have to come from an area free of Japanese rust. 

This goes further than the company having to be free of Japanese rust and will be difficult to declare due to the Dutch conditions. This means that the KCB can't give a phytosanitary certificate with the description that the flowers are from an area in which there is no Japanese rust, in many cases.

The VGB would like to hear from you if you have run into the above explanation/description on the phytosanitary certificate during export to Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia or Kyrgyzstan or have had indications from importers that it isn't needed. To do so please contact Manon Velthuis, or 0297 380202.

source: VGB

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