The Russians will no longer buy feed produced in the Czech Republic. The Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service Rosselchoznadzor has banned the import of feed and its ingredients from the Czech Republic.
In its statement, the Office itself informs about the temporary restriction of imports of these products from 21 June. “This decision was made by the Office on the basis of unsatisfactory results of an inspection of Czech companies that are authorized to supply feed and additives to Russia,” he states. Rosselchoznadzor.
The decision of the Russian office will thus probably affect the situation of Czech feed suppliers. “Of course it has an impact on us, we are big exporters. We predicted that this would happen and eventually it happened, so we won’t be driving from Monday, “says Pavel Bouška, owner and founder of Vafo Prague.
The ban applies not only to the Czech Republic, but also to more European countries. It is a trend of closing that market.
According to him, this is an unpleasant loss, which the company will survive, but logically will have a negative effect on the company’s results. “The ban does not only apply to the Czech Republic, but also to more European countries. It is a trend of closing the market, “adds Bouška.
The Russian market accounts for about seven percent of Vafo Praha’s turnover. In the Czech Republic, the Vafo Group has five production plants, four of which are in the South Bohemian Region and the fifth in Chrášťany near Prague. It offers feeds, for example, under the Brit or Carnilove brands. The company earned 4.71 billion crowns the year before last and its profit after tax reported almost 445 million crowns.
They see no reason why they could not export
However, Vafo Praha is not the only company that will be affected by Rosselchoznadzor’s position.
“The Russian Federation is our important business partner and we have taken every step on our part to continue exporting to the local market,” says Petr Křivohlávek, Deputy Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dibaq.
At the request of the Russian side, the company submitted complete documentation as early as the beginning of May. “The cost of its translation alone exceeded half a million crowns. And in June, we underwent an extensive audit by the local authorities. After graduating, we are not aware of any shortcomings that should hinder the export of our products, “adds Křivohlávek.
According to him, the Czech system is not well set up in terms of the requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union. “We now expect that the state administration will start negotiations with the Russian counterparty quickly and set up the system so that we can export to the local market as soon as possible,” says Křivohlávek.
His company, which produces Fitmin brand feeds, is said to be ready to respond operatively to any new requirements. If the attitude of the Russians does not change, it will reduce its turnover by about 170 million from the annual revenues of about a billion crowns.
Video inspections were quick
The State Veterinary Administration (SVS) is currently dealing with the restriction of feed imports. At the beginning of May, it received a letter in which Rosselchoznadzor informed about the planned inspection of companies producing feed intended for export to the Russian Federation and also listed some Czech feed companies in which it would like to carry out the inspection.
“At the same time, Rosselchoznadzor requested a number of information on the companies in question and also sent questions to the supervisory authorities,” said SVS spokesman Petr Majer.
After the State Veterinary Administration, together with the Central Agricultural Inspection and Testing Institute (ÚKZÚZ) and selected companies, provided the required information, a hastily organized video inspection followed.
“The inspection concerned five out of twelve companies that provided the requested information. Both representatives of the JRC and the CISTA took part in the inspection. Already during the inspection, a different view of the Russian side on how the supervision of state authorities in this area should work was evident. While EU legislation imposes the responsibility for the safety of feed primarily on producers, the Russian side apparently assumes that the main responsibility will lie with the supervisory authorities, “adds Majer.
Similar inspections have recently taken place in other EU Member States and the results have been assessed as unsatisfactory. In addition to the Czech Republic, Rosselchoznadzor has already introduced a ban on feed imports to Russia from Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, and a similar continuation can be expected in other Member States.
In the Czech Republic, companies producing animal feed fall under the supervision of ÚKZÚZ and in certain cases, such as pet food, also under the supervision of the State Veterinary Administration.
The restriction does not only apply to Czech suppliers
According to Majer, the way in which the inspections were carried out and prepared for them indicated that a positive result could probably not be expected.
“Similar inspections have recently taken place in other EU Member States, where the results have been assessed as unsatisfactory. In addition to the Czech Republic, Rosselchoznadzor has already introduced a ban on the import of feed into Russia from Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, and a similar continuation can be expected in other Member States. “
Representatives of the European Commission, the Council of the EU and representatives of EU member states will meet on Wednesday, June 23, as part of the so-called Potsdam Group. The State Veterinary Administration will also take part in the meeting.