Russia bans Polish fruit and vegetables

Poland exported some €21 billion worth of produce and foodstuffs in 2014 Image : Wikimedia

Russia’s phytosanitary inspection body (Rosselkhoznadzor) has decided to ban import of all Polish fruit and vegetables effective August 1. According to the agency, Polish fruit producers are notoriously breaching phytosanitary norms. The embargo will include apples, cabbage and cauliflower, as reported by Polish Radio.

According to ITAR-TASS agency, federal customs claimed that cabbage imports from Poland to Russia increased between 2012 and 2013 by 11 percent amounting to $43 million in trade.

At the same time, numerous media outlets report that fruit and vegetable export, including apples, pears and tomatoes, all coming from Poland to Russia, have dropped significantly in 2014.
Russia has already imposed a ban on polish swine and pork products earlier this year.

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