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Finland tightens rules for Russian imported berries

Finland tightens rules for Russian imported berries

Starting December 14th, phytosanitary certificates will be required to import berry crops (including those for personal consumption) from the Russian Federation to the territory of Finland.

This decision was made in connection with the amendments to the EU directive regarding import restrictions for certain types of fruit crops. At the moment, citizens of the Russian Federation can import up to 3 kg of berries into Finland without a phytosanitary certificate for personal consumption.

“The new EU directive wants to limit the spread of dangerous diseases among plants, as a result of which import of berries from Russia will be under closer scrutiny. Import of berries from Russia will be complicated: phytosanitary certificate will be required to transport them through customs. Such berries as blueberries are subject to certification,along with lingonberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, black currants, gooseberries and raspberries,” RIA Novosti said in a statement.