Rosselkhoznadzor ceased issuing permits for fish products prohibited for import into the Russian Federation on July 31
Published Aug 2, 2023
The Russian Federation has included certain fish and seafood products under specific economic measures, known as the food embargo, due to anti-Russian sanctions imposed by various countries. The embargo initially targeted products from the US, EU, Australia, Norway, and Canada, but has since extended to include other countries such as Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. As a result, there has been a decrease in the import of finished fish products from these countries, partly due to enhanced laboratory control and restrictions on manufacturing enterprises by the Russian agricultural watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, to address identified violations and inconsistencies.
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The list is formed by the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of August 7, 2014. The food embargo was established by presidential decree of August 6, 2014 after a number of countries imposed anti-Russian sanctions due to the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation, and is extended annually. At first, it applied to products from the US, EU, Australia, Norway and Canada. Since August 13, 2015, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein, which have joined the anti-Russian sanctions, have been included in the list of these countries, since January 1, 2016 - Ukraine, since December 2020 - the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. According to the Rosselkhoznadzor, there has been a decrease in the cargo flow of finished fish products from these countries. According to the FSIS Argus information system, 1,704 tons of finished fish products were imported in 2021, 563 tons in 2022, and 290 tons in 2023. "The service regularly monitors incoming fish ...