The U.S. Soybean Export Council is working with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to find a solution to technical issues affecting exports to Russia.
This effort is in response to the temporary restriction of imports to the Russian federation due to alleged violations of national and international phytosanitary requirements on previous shipments.
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According to the USDA APHIS, Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has stated that U.S. soybean and corn shipments being loaded prior to Feb. 15 may enter Russia, but will be subject to more intensive inspection. Russia has yet to specify those additional restrictions, which will be placed on shipments loaded thereafter, but prohibition of entry is likely.
“The USSEC team in Russia and the U.S. is working with APHIS/USDA to endeavor to find a solution to these issues,” stated USSEC CEO Jim Sutter. “We will continue to work collaboratively with VPSS in an effort to lift the temporary prohibition on imports.
“In the 2014/15 marketing year, Russia imported 267,000 metric tons of U.S. soy worth nearly $111 million dollars,” Sutter said. “With 426,000 metric tons of U.S. soy exports already reaching Russia since Oct. 1, 2015, we continue to see potential in the market.”