Islamabad, February 18, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Russian Federal Service of Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Service, has uplifted the ban on Pakistani food products from 24th February, 2014, according to a notification of the service issued here, say a press release received from Moscow here today.
It may be noted that the Embassy of Pakistan in Moscow made consistent efforts for removal of the blanket ban on all Pakistani agricultural products by Russian Federal Service ‘Rosselkhoznadzor’ since 30th September 2013, in view of unsatisfactory compliance of sanitary rules and procedures by Pakistani exporters.
In this connection, Embassy officials held several meetings with the head of ‘Rosselkhoznadzor’, Mr. Dankvert Sergey Alexeevich for the removal of ban from all Pakistani agricultural products. As a result of these meetings, the partial lifting of the ban had been agreed upon as a first step and the import of the Citrus allowed forthwith by the Russian side.
This partial uplifting at the start of Citrus season was not only unprecedented but very beneficial for Pakistani exporters who annually export Citrus worth $20 million to Russia, much liked by the Russian consumers.
In this regard, a delegation of Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phyto-sanitary Surveillance visited Pakistan in the 3rd week of the January, 2014 to resolve all the issues related to the import of Pakistani Agricultural products to Russian Federation and to enhance collaboration between two countries in this field.
In a related development the Phyto-sanitary Surveillance informed the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Government of Pakistan vide a letter sent through Embassy of Pakistan Moscow regarding its decision of uplifting the temporary restriction on all plant products of high phyto-sanitary risk from Pakistan except Potatoes from 24th of February, 2014. It is hoped that the ban on Potatoes import will be soon uplifted as Embassy is actively engaged with the Russian authorities to resolve this issue.
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