There is not much news from the border crossings to Russia, at the present moment.
" Despite news reports in Russian media on the rejected import of flowers produced in the Netherlands, no other interventions have been reported other than one involving four lorries from Denekamp at the Belarusian/Russian border." according to Floraholland website.
Situation at the border
According to the latest information, shipments appear to be permitted to cross the border with the usual formalities, at times with some extra inspections of documents and cargo.
Sources in Russia say that Latvia has declared to not issue phytosanitary certificates for Dutch flowers. Lithuania appears to have done the same, but this hasn't been confirmed. There is no information on the consequences of this at their respective borders with the Russian Federation.
Collaboration within the sector
VBN/FloraHolland, LTO and VGB are collaborating daily with the authorities in The Hague and representatives of the Netherlands in Moscow. Contact is maintained with relevant EU member states through The Hague and Brussels.
Given this collaboration within the sector, communications by VBN/FloraHolland, LTO and VGB are more or less the same.
The said organisations will moreover take the initiative to consult with growers and with the phytosanitary specialists of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and research institutes in Wageningen, to work out scenarios on the basis of field research aimed at finding more ways of meeting the phytosanitary demands of the Russian authorities. One goal is to see which existing studies can be used to contribute to possible solutions.