Central Customs Administration

Smolensk customs officers detained shipments of tomatoes and blueberry seedlings from Belarus without phytosanitary documents

Published: June 10, 2024 10:00 AM

Smolensk customs officers stopped the importation of 19 tons of tomatoes and two tons of blueberry seedlings moving from Belarus to Russia without phytosanitary certificates.

Smolensk customs officers stopped the importation of 19 tons of tomatoes and two tons of blueberry seedlings moving from Belarus to Russia without phytosanitary certificates

Customs mobile team stopped a heavy truck with tomatoes near the village of Krasnaya Gorka in Krasninsky district. Vehicles with seedlings were stopped on the federal highway “M-1 Belarus” in Krasninsky district in one case by the customs mobile group, in another case together with officers of the Federal Security Service of Russia in the Smolensk region

The drivers did not provide documents confirming phytosanitary safety of cargoes.

Subquarantine products were transported without necessary  phytosanitary certificates, which certify that they meet current quarantine standards, are not infected with numerous pests and serious diseases and are safe for the health of citizens and agriculture of the country – said the head of Smolensk customs Rustam Yakubov.

Smolensk customs chief Rustam Yakubov

To conduct additional checks and make a decision, the customs officers handed over the cars with the cargo to specialists from the Rosselkhoznadzor Department for the Bryansk, Smolensk and Kaluga regions.

Vladimir Safonov,
Smolensk customs spokesman
SafonovVL01@ctu.customs.ru8 (4812) 20 09 78