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22 September 2012

Russian Fishing Adaptation Goes Promptly

Russia’s government promotes fishing industry adaptation to WTO rules

A special committee was formed to develop and implement adaptation measures in the Russia's fisheries sector after its joining the WTO. On its first meeting a plan was developed that included a number of proposals on the most pressing issues for the Russia’s fishing industry. Most of problematic issues are scheduled for discussion in October-November 2012.
Range of issues involved import and export mechanisms adaptation and harmonization with EU rules, quality control of fish processing and fish products, support measures for domestic aquaculture, etc. In particular, the government supported initiating an investigation against special control mechanism for imported seafood established in China and Europe.
The plan also included issue of abolition of additional registration in China for companies who export fish meal Specialists of Russian Fishery Department should analyze this measure applied by Chinese side in terms of its compliance with China’s WTO commitments until mid October.
Also, the committee shall soon submit proposals to the Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture on the introduction of control measures used for imported seafood and fish products similar to those applied in EU.
As for further plans, I've learned that in October experts of Russian Fishery Department  would develop proposals concerning zero export duty on fish and fish products in a shorter period than is was provided in earlier agreements. Additionally, Science and Education Department and Federal Agency for Fisheries Management Aquaculture will send to the Russian Federal Customs Service proposals for exceptions of a range of aquatic resources with a high degree of processing from the current list of product for which customs risk control is applied.
As we can see, most measures are aimed to alleviate fish import/export terms from/to Russia, and process of the Russian fishing industry’s adaptation seems to go quite successfully. But let’s wait and see how it will show further on.


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