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SPS requirements for exporting to the Russian Federation

Please note that as of 7 August 2014, the Russian Federation has prohibited the import of a number of agricultural products from the EU.

The Russian import SPS requirements are set by two federal agencies: Rosselkhoznadzor and Rospotrebnadzor.

Since 2010 Russia has engaged into harmonising its Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) norms with Kazakhstan and Belarus, in the framework of a Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Since 2015, the latter has been succeeded by the Eurasian Economic Union and enlarged with the addition of Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

Some bilateral SPS conditions negotiated by the Commission for certain products coexist with rules set by the Russian and Eurasian Economic Customs Union legal framework. These conditions also involve the EU Members States competent authorities in charge of the controls over the production of the concerned products.

This section includes unofficial translations and reference links to the Russian and Customs Eurasian Economic Union SPS requirements. The Commission does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information provided as regards third non-EU country SPS requirements.

Memorandums of Understanding (MoU)

A number of Memoranda of Understanding regarding SPS-related export arrangements of products to Russia have been concluded between the Commission, the EU Member States and the Russian authorities.

Animals and animal products

Plant and Plant products

Food of Plant origin

Fish, Fishery products and seafood

Requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union

Sanitary requirements

Veterinary requirements

Please note: In accordance with CU Commission Decision No 726 of 15 July 2011 , the existing bilaterally agreed EU-Russian Federation and EU-Customs Union veterinary certificates remain valid and should be used by EU Member States rather than the CU common forms of veterinary certificates. Existing EU-Russian Federation and EU-Customs Union veterinary certificates are available on the website of the Russian Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service (Rosselkhoznadzor).

Phytosanitary requirements

Technical regulations related to the food chain

Certification of conformity and development of technical regulations

Decisions on development and harmonisation of SPS legislation

Main Russian standards applicable to food chain

All food products

Official Websites of the Russian Federation dealing with food products

Federal laws

Sanitary and epidemiologic rules and regulations (SanPin)

Ministerial orders



Meat products

Milk and dairy products

Fish and fishery products

Feed and Feed Additives

Methods of inspection

Inspection checklist - meat products (documents provided in July 2009)

Inspection checklist - dairy products (documents provided in July 2009)

Plant health

MRLs of pesticides in food of plant and animal origin

When in force, Customs Union requirements supersede corresponding requirements listed in the RF legislation. On the other hand, RF requirements that are not contradicted by CU requirements continue to apply.

Other documents

Kazakhstan - Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) requirements

Veterinary and sanitary legislation

Phytosanitary legislation

Kazakhstan's list of third countries' establishments authorised to export commodities subject to veterinary controls to the EurAsian Customs Union

The list is available via special website by selecting "Ветеринарно-санитарные меры Таможенного союза", and "РЕЕСТР организаций и лиц, осуществляющих производство, переработку и (или) хранение подконтрольных товаров, ввозимых на таможенную территорию Таможенного союза (Реестр организаций третьих стран)".

In accordance with EurAsian Customs Union legislation, establishments listed by Belarus or by the Russian Federation, for import into the Customs Union of goods subject to veterinary control, are also allowed to export to Kazakhstan. The Russian and Belarus lists can be consulted on relevant webpage of the Customs Union.