Russia approved Finnish imports of seed potatoes and young plants


<p>Finland is the first EU member state to be granted an import permit for seed potatoes by Russia, covering the spring of 2015. Finland can also export nursery plants to Russia.&nbsp;</p>

The Russian border is not open to imports in general, but the seed potato consignments to be imported have been pre-declared to Russia and approved for export. Russia granted the import permit on the basis of its inspection visit to Finland, the samples taken at the time, and additional information provided by the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira. 

Like in 2014, EU countries wishing to export seed potatoes are obliged to negotiate the technical details direct with Russia.

The EU countries have not been permitted to export potatoes or planting material to Russia since the beginning of July 2013, when Russia announced it had repeatedly found quarantine pests and diseases in consignments delivered from the EU countries.

Food potato still under import ban in Russia

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry sent a letter to the Russian authorities in the summer 2014 about the possibility of exporting food potatoes. In December, the potato exporters also expressed their willingness to export to the Russian authorities.

In its response sent to Evira, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, stated that Russia can only discuss the arrangements required for the import of food potatoes with the permission of the European Commission.  

Import permit for planting material

Russia also granted an import permit for nursery plants on the basis of an inspection visit made in the summer of 2014 and additional reports provided by Evira. The import permit only concerns a few nurseries, which were inspected at the time.

Further information:
Atro Virtanen, Senior Inspector, Plant Health Unit
t. +358 (0)40 704 9607


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