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Cargo through mixed border crossings in China still limited

Changing vegetable import rules may hit Russian border regions

The authorities of Primorye intend to initiate a working meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor with the quarantine service of China to resume the supply of fruits and vegetables through checkpoints.

According to the acting Minister of Industry and Trade of the Primorsky Territory Sergei Kalitin, now fruit and vegetable products do not enter the region due to additional requirements of the quarantine service of the PRC. “This is the provision of a certificate of origin for products, as well as loading only one name of goods in one vehicle. If these requirements continue, Chinese vegetables will not come in Primorye, ”the official emphasized, adding that this issue should be discussed at a working meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor with the quarantine service of the PRC.

Note that the regional Ministry of Industry and Trade conducts daily monitoring of the presence of vegetables in the distribution networks of Primorye. Recently, their retail price has increased by 30%. “The lack of supplies from China has led to a shortage of vegetables at affordable prices. Now they are being replaced by products from Iran, Israel, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Considering logistics, these vegetables are more expensive.”

At the mixed checkpoints in the Far Eastern Federal District, freight traffic has so far been limited, Yuri Ladygin, head of the Far Eastern Customs Directorate, told Logirus. We are talking about the checkpoints Blagoveshchensk, Poyarkovo, Amurzet, Nizhneleninsky and Pokrovka.

At the railway checkpoints, freight traffic is carried out in accordance with the established procedure, in automobile checkpoints, transportation has been resumed from February 3, sea transport is still operating normally, they added to the DVTU.

“In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor introduced a ban until March 1 on the import and transit through the Russian Federation of exotic and decorative animals, insects, fish and aquatic animals from China,” Yuri Ladygin explained.

According to Reuters, China's ports remain open. However, their work is difficult because many employees are quarantined at home. For the same reason, warehouses around the docks also partially do not function. This led to the withdrawal of ships from China to the harbor of South Korea. Busan, for example, has already been loaded with containers by 78%, and there are delays in processing them, a source told Reuters. If the load level exceeds 80%, it will become difficult to manage the port effectively, the port representative added.

American shipping consultant John Monroe, whose company operates in China, is confident that when the Covid-19 outbreak subsides, there will be a rush to deliver goods to and from China. Which will create even more logistical problems.


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