Following a report on Interfax News Agency, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, is considering banning flower imports from Netherlands.
According to the head of Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergey Dankvert, (pictured on the right) his organization is considering this an option due to the presence of quarantined organisms in shipments. He was quoted by Interfax during a recent meeting with the Colombian ambassador to Russia Chiron Jaime in Moscow.
The probability that the ban will be imposed is high, and that might have an economic impact on Colombia since its flowers are shipped to Russia via the Netherlands, Interfax quoted Dankvert as saying.
Russia banned most Western food imports from August 2014 in reaction to Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis. Moscow is also considering more import curbs on Western goods, including flowers, confectionery and canned fish products and flowers, the Agriculture Ministry said in June.