Belarus' Minsk Oblast ready for dialogue with Russia to remove food export restrictions

Friday, 07 April 2017 14:16  |  Written by  BelTA

Igor Makar, First Deputy Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee, said during the presentation of Minsk Oblast in Moscow

Belarus' Minsk Oblast is ready for dialogue with the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (Rosselkhoznadzor) to lift the restrictions on the export of Belarusian food products to Russia, Igor Makar, First Deputy Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee, said during the presentation of Minsk Oblast in Moscow on 6 April, BelTA has learned.

Igor Makar believes that the complaints presented by the Russian side can be settled in the regular course of work.

He emphasized that the goods produced in Minsk Oblast are made using the same standards regardless of whether they are sold domestically or to Russia.

The presentation that showcased food products, along with other various goods and supplies, was attended by Valery Koreshkov, member of the Board (Minister) for Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission, who noted that such events are another good integration format. “There is no need to say much about inspections and compliance, as the customers see with their own eyes what they deal with,” Valery Koreshkov said.

A specific feature of the export operations between Minsk Oblast and Russia is that food products make up a considerable share. In 2016, foodstuffs accounted for a third (33.1%) of the total exports, or $745.6 million.

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