WTO accession not to affect Azerbaijani agricultural product exports to Russia
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 30 /Trend A.Akhundov/
Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) will not create problems for supply of agricultural products from Azerbaijan to the Russian markets, Deputy Head of Federal Agency on Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Russian Federation Alexander Zazhigalkin told Trend in Baku.
"The WTO accession process was very long for Russia, we have been in the WTO process for over 18 years, and haven't entered yet. But it seems that all differences are removed, so that with high probability, we will enter the WTO in December. From my point of view, there won't be any problem with supply of Azerbaijan agricultural product to Russia," Zazhigalkin said.
He noted that first of all there are no demands and claims of WTO member countries with respect to internal Russian standards on agricultural products.
"So, we don't inject any new requirements that would complicate or facilitate access to the market. Mode of agricultural exports to Russia remain the same," Zazhigalkin said.
Secondly, Rosstandart engaged in the harmonization of regulation documents in the field of agricultural products with international documents for a long time.
"Most of the standards at the elementary food products, such as fruits, vegetables, grain products, harmonized with foreign standards. If Azerbaijan producers don't have any problems with the importation of its products into our country at the moment of Russia's WTO accession I do not see problems in the near future," Zazhigalkin said.
At the same time, the regulatory base in Russia is constantly being improved and you must understand that if they introduce new documents, there will be more stringent requirements for the products in the future.
"There is no problem for Azerbaijan now. It seems everything is fine in this segment of the market. I receive no signals in this direction and do not foresee any problem," Zazhigalkin said.