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July 22, 2007

New fisheries product rules postponed
Russia has agreed to postpone enforcement of its new rules against a wide range of Thai agricultural products including fisheries products, a senior official of Thailand's Ministry of Commerce said.

"Thailand can export their fishery products to Russia as before until the Russian authorities complete an examination of fisheries factories in Thailand," said Apiradee Tantraporn, director-general of the Foreign Trade Department.

She added that a team of Russian experts will arrive on a mission to examine Thai factories beginning August 10. At the initial stage, their scrutiny will focus on factories producing frozen fisheries products.

After the new rules take full effect, only Russian-certified factories will be allowed to export their products to Russia. The relaxation came after Commerce Minister Krirkkrai Jirapaet's recent trip to Russia, Kazhakstan and Ukraine.

During his visit to Moscow, Mr. Krirkkrai raised the issue for talks with the Russian authorities. Effective from July 1, Russia's new regulations provide that export goods entering the country must be from factories certified by its Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance and the producers must hold a valid Veterinary Certification.

According to Ms. Apiradee, Mr. Krirkkrai cited that Thailand had little time to prepare for the new regulations, which Russia agreed and then granted a grace period for the time being. TNA

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