AVA Russia and Singapore discuss trade potential
The Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of the Republic of Singapore recently addressed Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in a letter stating its commitment to start targeted activities aimed at the development of trade relations between Singapore and Russia.
Specifically, AVA was referring to the implementation of mutual inspections of the Russian and Singaporean animal product manufacturing establishments that were scheduled during the negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and AVA held late in November 2016.
Thus the Singaporean party expressed intention to hold a 10-day inspection of four Russian pork and poultry plants. In order to optimize the Singaporean experts’ activities the AVA requested the Rosselkhoznadzor to provide supplementary data on measures taken to control diseases such as African swine fever (ASF), foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and avian influenza in Russia.
The Singaporean party also invited the Russian inspectors to visit animal product manufacturing establishments interested in exports to Russia in February 2016, and asked the Rosselkhoznadzor to provide veterinary and sanitary requirements for imported meat and meat products.
The Rosselkhoznadzor stated it will further take all necessary measures to start exports of the Russian animal products to Singapore.