Export of seed potatoes from Finland to Russia launched
Russia granted the import permit on the basis of its inspection visit to Finland, samples obtained during the visit, and the additional information submitted by the Finnish Food and Safety Authority Evira. The European Commission and Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselhoznadzor, have been conducting negotiations to resolve the import prohibition. Since the turn of the year, EU Member States have been able to negotiate the technical details of seed potato export directly with Russia.
However, the borders are not generally open for seed potato export. Only pre-announced and export-approved seed potato batches may be exported from Finland to Russia in spring 2014.
Import of food potato to Russia still prohibited
Import to Russia of potatoes and plant propagation materials originating in the EU has been prohibited since the beginning of July 2013. The reason for the import prohibition reported by Russia is the recurring presence of quarantine pests in the plant propagation material and potato batches imported from EU countries.
At the end of December, Finland contacted the Russian authorities by letter regarding the export of food potato. No progress has been made on the export issue, however, as the Russian stance is that the food potato issue between the EU and Russia must be resolved first.
For further information, please contact:
Sari Haikola, Senior Inspector, tel +358 40 687 6641