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Seminar "Export of agricultural products: Certification and Standards" was conducted in Moscow


On September 23rd, Director of the ECO Halal trade house TalipAbubekirov and the Head of the Department of international economic activitiesRuslanMaksimov took part in the seminar         "Export of agricultural products: Certification and Standards", organized by the Federal center "AgroExport" together with JSC(AO) "Rosselkhozbank". The event gathered more than 500 people, of which 350 participated online.

The seminar was attended by the Heads of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, JSC(AO) "Rosselkhozbank", the Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance), representatives of Russian manufacturing companies, as well as Russian and foreign experts in the field of certification and accreditation of enterprises for export. The moderator was Albert Davleev, President of Agrifood Strategies consulting company.

The seminar was opened by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Russia Sergey Levin, noting that in 2020, Russian agricultural export, despite restrictive measures in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic, shows positive dynamics. To maintain sustainable development, it is necessary to ensure that domestic products meet the increasing requirements of foreign markets. These include religious and organic certification, HACCP safety standards, and conditions imposed on suppliers of products in the food service segment.

Roman Chekushov, Director of the Department for export development of agricultural products of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, spoke about the mechanism for compensating the costs of certification of agricultural products for foreign markets.

AndreyTrusov, Director of the Financial markets support Department of JSC (AO) "Rosselkhozbank", reminded that the Russian agro-industrial complex faces the task of double export growth, and for this it is necessary that as many as possibledomestic companies from various segments of the agro-industrial complex enter the international market. For Rosselkhozbank, comprehensive support for such companies is one of the strategic tasks, he assured.

Representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor spoke in detail about the procedure for certification of enterprises and obtaining permits to export products abroad. According to VasilyLavrovsky, adviser to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, this type of certification is related to safety and is directly related to the country's reputation on the international arena.

Due to the spread of Covid-19, attention to safety and compliance with quality standards has increased even more, said Andrey Terekhin, head of the Export Department of Cherkizovo trade house. "Issues of international certification and standardization have traditionally played and continue to play a significant role in the development of export of agricultural products. However, against the background of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated growth of protectionism and the priority of national interests in international trade, the solution of these tasks is of particular importance - both in political and technical aspects," Terekhin stressed.

"When you go for export, be ready to "play as a team", because negative audit results at one enterprise can jeopardize the export supplies of the entire industry," said Konstantin Karamyshev, Deputy General Director for technical regulation of Damate.

Thesecondpartoftheseminarwasdevotedtopracticalaspectsofcertification, includingreligiouscertification, organicproductcertification, aswellastheinternationalHACCPcertificationsystemandstandardsthatapplyinthefood services.

Dr. Yousif Salem Alharbi, Director of the SFDA Halal center (Saudi Arabia), spoke about the certification of agricultural products according to Halal standards. He noted that this type of certification is important not only for deliveries to the Persian Gulf countries, but also to a number of African and Asian countries. At the same time, standards are being changed and improved, and SFDA representatives are in constant contact with their Russian colleagues in this work. "To get a Halal certificate for export to Saudi Arabia, a company must meet GSO standards. During my last visit to Moscow, I noted that many Russian companies are aware of these standards, and some have already started implementing them," Alharbi said.

AnotherpromisingdirectionfortheRussianagro-industrialcomplexistoincreasesuppliestoforeignmarketsofproductsmanufacturedaccordingtotheOrganicstandard. Russia aims to take 5% of the world market for organic products, and the European market is of the greatest interest to Russian organic producers, emphasized Elena Sarattseva, Deputy Head of the Russian quality system.

VladislavSolomatov, Manager of the Quality Control Department of McDonald's in Russia, spoke about the standards for certification of products for food services’ sector. For example, Russian manufacturers that have been certified by McDonald's are included in the General register of suppliers and can send their products to other countries where there are McDonald's restaurants. "In particular, Russian certification is accepted in all countries of the EAEU, the European Union, Asian and Arab countries," he stressed.

Representatives of Russian companies were able to ask questions to speakers both directly and online on the Zoom platform.

According to www.aemcx.ru