On December 16, the Rosselkhoznadzor held telephone conversations with the Department of Supervision on Animal and Plant Quarantine of the Main Customs Administration of the People’s Republic of China (GTU of China).
"The Rosselkhoznadzor informed the Chinese side about the need to strengthen its controls over the plant products shipped to Russia," the report said.
The Rosselkhoznadzor also reported on the strengthening of quarantine phytosanitary controls over citrus fruits and potatoes imported from China into Russia. This is due to the repeated detection of quarantine pests in these crops. The Russian department warned Chinese experts that upon repeated detection of harmful agents in plant products, it would reserve the right to introduce temporary restrictions on the supply of citrus and potatoes to Russia.
Representatives of the State Customs Administration of China reported that they are currently investigating these cases. This week, Chinese colleagues will provide the Russian side with their results.
On December 13, the Rosselkhoznadzor reported that the agency was considering introducing a ban on the import of citrus and potatoes from China due to the detection of quarantine pests. According to the agency, in 2019, there have been seven cases of quarantine pests detected in citrus fruits (eastern fruit fly and polyphagous humpback fly) and two cases in potatoes (spindle-shaped tubers due to viroid diseases and golden potato nematode).
According to the FCS, Egypt is the leading supplier of potatoes to Russia. In 2018, potato imports from this country amounted to 361.4 thousand tons (62.9% of total imports). China stands fourth in this ranking (53.1 thousand tons; 9.2%). Also, in 2018, China delivered 180,076 tons of citrus fruits from a total supply of 1 million 682 thousand 729 tons.