Champignon deliveries from Belarus to the Russian market may suffer due to sanctions


Champignon deliveries from Belarus to the Russian market may suffer due to sanctions

05/19/2020

Russian producers of fruits and vegetables appealed to the Government regarding “tightening controls on the import of mushrooms at the Russian-Belarusian border.”

Russia will develop documents to exclude supplies from the territories of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) of products from countries in respect of which the Government of the Russian Federation has introduced a number of sanctions.

According to RBC, the reason for this was a possible re-export of mushrooms from Poland through the territory of Belarus, in respect of which the Russian Federation has imposed an embargo on the supply of a number of products. At the same time, a large Russian producer of fresh vegetables and greens, the agricultural company Vyborzhets, asked the Federation Council to “tighten control over the import of mushrooms at the Russian-Belarusian border.” According to the information of the general director of Vyborzhts, Alexander Zaklepkin, more champignons began to be imported from Belarus, and at prices “lower than the cost of Russian production.” He suggests that in reality, mushrooms can be grown in Poland.

This appeal was the reason for the instruction of Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko to a number of departments to prepare proposals for the government on the exclusion of the import of sanctions products from the territories of the EAEU countries into Russia. The corresponding letter was sent on April 27 to the Rosselkhoznadzor, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Economic Development. Proposals must be submitted to the government by May 22.

Belarus is the main supplier of champignons to the Russian market: in 2019, 21 thousand tons of mushrooms were exported here from Belarus.

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