Russian Federation - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

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This report is an overview of general legal and technical requirements for food and agricultural imports imposed by the Russian Federation. Despite Russia’s ongoing preparation for WTO accession, agencies’ control over imported foodstuffs remains complicated and bureaucratic. While the legal framework has improved, in practice, Russia has taken no significant steps forward to actually improve the environment for trade. On the contrary, where important movements have been made, Russia has moved backward, to harmonize with restrictive European Union regulations, and this remains Russia’s stated objective going forward. Barriers to trade depend on the type of product, customs clearance location, importer’s status, and other non-transparent factors.

Authors: 
USDA FAS Staff
Publisher: 
USDA GAIN
Year: 
2011