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Russia eases ban on Serbian dairy imports

DBR Staff Writer Published 25 August 2014

Russia has lifted ban on dairy imports from two Serbian companies, which were recently restricted for unspecified violation of regulations.

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The country's consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor has now allowed Serbia to export its dairy products to the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.

According to the agency, the ban has been lifted after expert analysis of the dairy products proved that the breaches were eliminated.

Ria Novosti quoted Rosselkhoznadzor as saying: "Rosselkhoznadzor is ready to include two Serbian dairy enterprises in the Register of organizations and individuals involved in the production, processing and/or storage of goods transported to the territory of the Customs Union, after the issue is agreed by the veterinary services of the republics of Belarus and Kazakhstan."

During 2013, Russia imported 1.15 million tons of dairy products worth $4.2bn, with Belarus, Ukraine, France, Finland and other European countries being major importers, according to Federal Customs Service of Russia.

Earlier this month, Russia banned import of meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables and milk products from the US, European Union, Norway, Canada and Australia, in retaliation to sanctions imposed by the West.

Image: Russia has lifted ban on dairy imports from two Serbian companies. Photo: courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.