RIGA - Russian veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance service Rosselkhoznadzor has banned 21 Latvian companies from exporting their products to Russia by removing them from the list of companies permitted to export their products to Russia. Another 44 Latvian companies have been temporarily banned from exporting their products to Russia, which is due to a new procedure for registration of exporters to Russia, Rosselkhoznadzor explained.
The Food and Veterinary Service has received a notification from Rosselkhoznadzor, which says that the procedure of maintaining registers of companies exporting their products to Russia has changed, the service told. According to the new procedure, companies that have not exported their products to Russia for three or more years are automatically removed from the list of companies that are permitted to export their products to Russia. If a company has not exported anything to Russia for eighteen to 36 months, it is imposed a temporary ban.
Until now, there were 74 Latvian companies exporting products of animal origin to Russia, of which 21 have now been removed from the list, including six meat producers, two dairy companies, twelve fisheries companies, and one egg producer. 44 companies had their certificates suspended, including eight meat producers, nine dairy companies, 26 fisheries companies and canneries, and one egg producer.
As a result, nine Latvian companies currently can export their products to Russia - two meat producers, five dairy companies, one fishmeal producer, and one offal processing company.
As reported, following Russia's 2014 embargo on the European Union's food products, many Latvian companies were banned from exporting their products to Russia.