China apples

Russian authorities have opened the border to Chinese apples and pears ending a three-year suspension.

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision, an agency of Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture, annouced Russia will allow the import of pome crops from China from 20 February under the guarantees of the GeneralAdministrationofCustomsof thePeople's Republic of China (GAC).

Russia had originally suspended Chinese apple and pear imports in August 2019 due to an increasing number of quarantine breaches detected in shipments from China.

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision said the suspension was reversed as a result of cooperation with the Chinese authorities and consideration of materials submitted by companies producing, packing and storing pome fruit crops in China.

The return Chinese of apple and pear exports to Russia renews what was a previously successful trading partnership.

According to a USDA report, in 2017/18 (12 months to 30 June 2018) China was Russia’s third-largest supplier of apples exporting 152,852 tonnes. In the same year, China was also Russia’s third-largest supplier of pears, exporting 46,140 tonnes.