March 10, 2011
Russia's North-West Meat Association to aid Lithuania's meat, dairy exporters
The North-West Meat Association will assist Lithuanian meat and dairy product exporters in defeating complexities encountered in the Russian market, according to local news on Wednesday (Mar 9).
"We need a partner in Russia. Our experience shows that any company exporting foods to that market is unable to get the attention of Russia's authorities by itself whenever troubles arise. This is a procedure applied to foreigners at all Russia's authorities. Even in case of an inquiry they would only send a formal reply in about a month," Vilius Martusevicius, CEO of Eksporto Vystymo Asociacija (Export Development Association).
For example, Lithuania's exporters find it particularly difficult to access Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, which applies extremely stringent requirements for exports.
"The exports of Lithuanian products in Russia used to be restricted for a long period, sometimes for as long as six months, in case of any obstacles," Linas Griksas, CEO of Lithuania's meat processor Krekenavos Agrofirma.
Oleg Gromov, head of Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in St. Petersburg and Leningradsky Region, said while on a visit to Vilnius early in March that cooperation of Russia's meat processors and export development associations was particularly beneficial for export development.
Approximately 80% of Russia's imports of meat and dairy products go through its North-Western region, i.e., St. Petersburg and Leningradsky Region.