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Russia bans import of over 300 tons of goods from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan

At least 310.22 tons of goods from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have been detained for a week on Russia-Kazakhstan border. Rosselkhoznadzor website says.

Nine attempts to smuggle more than 166 tons of quarantineable products of high phytosanitary risk were suppressed in Orenburg Oblast.

It was found out that 20 tons of Kazakhstani grapes, 37.2 tons of grapes and walnuts from Kyrgyzstan, 22.3 tons of almonds, pecans and macadamia from China were imported with invalid phytosanitary certificates (incomplete and containing inaccurate information.)

At least 44.4 tons of cucumbers, melons and onions were imported without a phytosanitary certificate confirming the quality, safety and country of origin. About 39 tons of Kazakh grapes, persimmons, bell pepper and 20.3 tons of Kyrgyz bell pepper were imported with phytosanitary certificates that did not confirm compliance of the products with the phytosanitary requirements.

Illegal import of 13 batches of plant products of high phytosanitary risk totaling 144.22 tons was stopped in Novosibirsk Oblast.

Products were transported by road from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In three cases — 40 tons of grapes, 15.7 tons of persimmons and 4.3 tons of pomegranates — the products were not labeled.

In three other cases, products were transported with a partial absence of marking — 20 tons of grapes and 20 tons of carrots from Kazakhstan, as well as 2.7 tons of apples from Kyrgyzstan. A batch of fresh Kyrgyz pears weighing 20.5 tons was transported without information about the exporting country.

In five cases, Kazakhstani apples, watermelons, melons, nuts, garlic, potatoes and wheat flour with a total weight of 422 kilograms, as well as 600 kilograms of dried Kyrgyz pears and almonds were transported without phytosanitary certificates. A batch of Kazakhstani apples weighing 20 tons was transported with an invalid phytosanitary certificate.

All detained goods were returned to the senders in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the perpetrators were brought to administrative responsibility.