Sanctions updates / 17 Aug 2014

SANCTIONS UPDATE – Certain pharmaceutical companies have reported that the customs authorities have been suspending the clearance…

1)    Certain pharmaceutical companies have reported that the customs authorities have been suspending the clearance not only of biologically active additives but also of vitamins relating to medical treatments. In justifying their actions the customs authorities refer to resolution No. 119  of the Eurasian Economic Commission adopted on 18 July. Under this resolution as of 17 August medical treatments that currently fall under the code of vitamin-mineral aggregates, must be classified under another code which is included on the list of banned products. German company Bayer is one of the foreign vitamin manufacturers which has informed its partners regarding the suspension of supplies. Recently the deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, has stated that certain biologically active additives will be excluded from the list of products prohibited for import to Russia.

2)    The Head of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Monitoring Service, Sergey Dankvert, stated that Mexico had expressed its desire to supply Russia with pork, beef, horsemeat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. During negotiations with the ambassador of Mexico, Ruben Alberto, Sergey Dankvert paid special attention to the veterinary and sanitary requirements introduced by the Customs Union of which Russia is a member.

3)    The deputy prime-minister, Arkadiy Dvorkovich, has asked the Federal Customs Service to clarify whether the Faroe Islands and Greenland, which belong to Denmark, fall within the scope of the black list.

4)    The Russian Federal Fisheries Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture may include canned fish from Europe, USA, Norway and Canada on the list of products prohibited for import to Russia. According to the Head of the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency, Ilya Shestakov, Russian processing companies will be able to supply customers with these products themselves.

5)    Leading experts in the sphere of logistics, transport and farming in St. Petersburg and Lenigradskaya oblast discussed the impact of the restrictive measures introduced by Russia. They agreed that there are no grounds for concerns about deficits and products running out. The Head of the Industrial Policy and Innovations Committee, Maksim Meiksin, stated that this is a chance to invigorate Russian production and to assess Russia’s dependency on western products.

6)    From 15 September the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Monitoring Service will admit new Turkish suppliers to the Russian market. Turkey will carry out inspections of those companies which are interested in exporting to Russia and will immediately report any violations to the Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Monitoring Service.

Additional information

Andrei Gusev (Russia)
Ulla von Weissenberg (Finland)
Jarno Vanto
(New York)

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