India, Russia agree to develop e-certification systems to boost food trade

Rosselkhoznadzor has approved meat and egg imports from five Indian companies and is taking steps to ensure safety of food imports from India The Dollar Business Bureau India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and Russia’s phyto-sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor have agreed to increase cooperation to boost food exports from India to Russia though technical consultations and e-certification systems. Rosselkhoznadzor said that top officials on both sides held telephonic consultations on export of buffalo meat (carabeef) from India to Russia this week. Vasily Lavrovsky, head of the Rosselkhoznadzor’s Department for Veterinary Inspection Activities within International Cooperation and WTO, and Santosh Sarangi, Chairman, APEDA, have agreed to exchange contact details of the technical specialists soon. Earlier, Rosselkhoznadzor had agreed to depute its officials in India on a permanent basis to inspect meat exports from India to Russia. As a part of the ongoing consultations, Russia has asked APEDA to provide details of meat products so that it could finalise the role of Rosselkhoznadzor inspectors. India’s APEDA has assured that it will provide details soon, said Rosselkhoznadzor. India is the world’s largest producer and exporter of buffalo meat, which accounts for around 86% of total meat exports by India. Indian buffalo meat is popular in countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE, and exports had jumped 27% in FY 2012-13. In addition to increasing buffalo meat supplies to Russia, India is also likely to increase exports of other food items to Russia soon, including seafood and eggs. In the last few months, Rosselkhoznadzor has approved beef imports from four Indian companies (Fair Exports Pvt.Ltd, Frigerio Conserva Allana Limited, Frigorifico Allana Limited, and Amroon Foods Pvt. Ltd.), and egg imports from SKM Egg Products Export (India) Limited.  

This article was published on December 18, 2014.