VLADIKAVKAZ, December 28 (Itar-Tass) - Tangerines from Georgia will reappear on Russians' festive tables by New Year’s Eve. After a seven-year-long import ban Russia reopened its market to Georgian fruit last autumn, the Customs Administration in the Russian North Caucasus Republic of North Ossetia told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“In 2006, Russia banned the import of vegetables, fruit, mineral water and wine from Georgia due to quality issues,” the spokesman said. “However, starting from October 14, 2013, Russia’s veterinary inspection service Rosselkhoznadzor decided to lift the ban.”
The supplies of Georgian mineral water to Russia were resumed in May 2013, followed by the resumption of wine exports in June and a short while later, of products with low phytosanitary risks like tea, bay leaf and dried fruit. At the end of October, Georgia resumed exports of agricultural products like apples, pears and quince, followed by the supplies of tangerines, lemons and oranges in November. The export of Georgian grapes and greens to the Russian market will be resumed in December-January.
According to the North Ossetian customs service, more than 8,000 tonnes Georgian tangerines has been delivered through the Verkhny Lars border checkpoint, located in Georgia's Kazbegi district, over the past month. Most trucks with citrus fruit go through north Ossetia.
“Around 7,000 tonnes of tangerines have been brought to different Russian cities,” the service’s spokesman said. “Transit goods are also delivered to the CIS countries (the Commonwealth of Independent States uniting former Soviet republics -- Itar-Tass).