Lithuania to stop, inspect all Russian grain and grain products – ministry

  • 2024-02-26
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – In response to the situation in the region, the Lithuanian Agriculture Ministry is tightening controls on grain imports from Russia and other heightened-risk countries, with all grain and grain product shipments from such countries to be stopped and inspected once the minister's order comes into force.

The list of heightened-risk countries includes Russia, Belarus, Transnistria, Russia's annexed Crimea and other Ukrainian territories that are not controlled by the Kyiv government, as well as Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Every wagon or vehicle carrying grain and grain products from the countries and territories will be inspected. Produce will be tested for pesticide residues, mycotoxins and metals (lead and cadmium), and checked for origin.

The tightened measures will apply both to goods imported into Lithuania and to those transiting through the seaport of Klaipeda, the ministry said in a press release.