New rules for importation of seeds to Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. (2014-03-31)

According to the agreement for the Eurasian Economic Commission from November 18, 2011 and Rules and Procedures of the Commission, approved by High Council Decision No1, on the basis of the article 8  of the Treaty on Unified Customs Tariff Regulation dd. 25.01.2008, the Treaty on the Functioning of the Customs Union in The Framework of the Multilateral Trading System dd. 19.05.2011 and the point 3 of the article 150 of the Customs Code of the Customs Union, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission decided to fix new rules for importation of seeds into the customs territory of the Customs Union.

Present Rules were created according to the point 3 of the article 150. “Movement of goods across the customs border” in order to defend national interests and security of the Member – States of the Customs Union and the Common economic space.

The current rules set special conditions for importation of seeds to the territory of the Customs Union according to the requirements of the national legislation of the Member-States of the Customs Union.

Importation of seed lots to the territory of the Customs Union is allowed in case if seed lots are provided with information about name of the variety, the country of origin and seed quality.

Imported seed lots can be boxed or bulk.

In case of importation of:

– boxed lots, containers and packages shall have labels set by the present procedure.

– bulk grain shall be accompanied by documents containing the name of the variety, the country of origin and seed quality.

It is prohibited to specify incorrect information in containers, labels and accompanying documents.

Seed lots treated by pesticides shall be packaged. These containers shall have corresponding marks and accompanying documents including handling instructions and information about negative influence on health and environment.

It is not allowed to import seed lots to the territory of the Customs Union:

– treated by pesticides prohibited for use in the present State;

– varieties not included in the Unified Register and not allowed for admission to use in the territories of the Member – States of the Customs Union and the Common economic space, excluding seeds for scientific researches, state tests and for export;

– public protected varieties in case of violation of intellectual property law.

In order to confirm information about varieties imported to the territory of the Customs Union, you shall show corresponding documents and declaration proved the presence or absence of GMO.

The above mentioned information is not required for houseplants with covered roots (in flowerpots, etc) and flower materials for planting of indoor areas, for decorating, design, bough pots etc.

Quarantine phytosanitary conditions of seeds shall comply with Customs Union legislation.

Monitoring functions are fulfilled by authorized bodies of the Member – States of the Customs Union and the Common economic space.

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