December 30, 2019


Russia bans Norway salmon and trout imports from Belarus from January 2020


Russian agriculture body watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor announced the ban due to food safety concerns, reported Bloomberg.


The watchdog has informed the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to halt imports of Norwegian fish from other countries in the trading bloc from January 9, 2020 onwards.


Belarus, an EEU member, has imported 10,200 tonnes of Norway aquaculture produce. According to Rosselkhoznadzor, 9,500 tonnes of these Norwegian produce were then exported to Russia.


Rosselkhoznadzor said the Norwegian fish products have not met economic union safety standards and contain prohibited pharmaceutical traces.


The watchdog added that the ban will remain until Norway's producers and the country's authority on food safety can provide Russia with a guarantee on their product's food safety.


In 2014, Russia banned food imports from the European Union and Norway after the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the east Ukraine military conflict. Russia was the prime market for salmon imports from Norway prior to the ban.

-      Bloomberg