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Kazakhstan warned Kyrgyzstan of restrictions on import of goods

Kazakhstan warned the State Inspectorate for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Safety of Kyrgyzstan of a possible introduction of a temporary ban on the import of Kyrgyz vegetables and fruit. The Minister of Economy of Kyrgyzstan Oleg Pankratov announced today at a meeting of the Parliament.

According to him, in 2018, Kazakhstan began to send messages about facts of deliveries of products from Kyrgyzstan without phytosanitary certificates and other permitting documents. To avoid possible problems, a decree was adopted on December 10, 2018, and the State Inspectorate for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Safety was instructed to ensure control over the export of goods and information work on the need for certificates and labeling of products.

«There was no control at the border, and many carried products without documents. On January 24, 2019, the phytosanitary service of Kazakhstan invited our representatives to Astana. There they were placed before the accomplished fact of violations. Following the meeting, a protocol was signed, according to which an interdepartmental plan was adopted to solve the problem. In addition, it was said — if we do not take measures, there will be restrictions. We informed the prime minister. He instructed to solve the problem. In particular, we proposed to put temporary phytosanitary posts to prevent the export of products without documents. Despite this, Kazakhstan imposed a temporary ban. I think the phytosanitary service will work with the colleagues from Kazakhstan today,» Oleg Pankratov stressed.