Not applying to tomatoes or peppers

Russia lifts temporary bans on plant product imports from Uzbekistan’s Fergana region

In an official statement on the Rosselkhoznadzor website, it says that the department deems it possible to allow the import of all plant products from Fergana since April 7, 2021 with assurances of the Uzbek side. An exception is made for tomatoes and peppers.

The import of tomatoes and peppers from the Fergana region of Uzbekistan was banned from November 26, 2020. The Rosselkhoznadzor took this step due to the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) that was detected in tomato shipments. As stated by Rosselkhoznadzor, the agency introduced this restriction in order to prevent the introduction and spread of this virus in Russia.

As a temporary quarantine phytosanitary measure, in 2020 a requirement was introduced to ensure their absence in seeds, seedlings, tomatoes and peppers imported to Russia. The requirement will remain in effect until these viruses are included in the Unified List of Quarantine Objects of the EAEU.

Back in early December 2020, the Rosselkhoznadzor planned to initiate negotiations with the Uzbek side to discuss the current situation. As evidenced by the decision of the Rosselkhoznadzor of April 7 of this year, the negotiations were successful, with the exception of tomatoes and peppers.


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