ArmInfo. The Eurasian Economic Commission will study the letter of the Armenian "Spayka" company on the export of cheese to Russia through the "Upper Lars" checkpoint. Karine Minasyan, Minister for Domestic Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies of the Eurasian Economic Commission, told reporters on November 12, on the sidelines of the international Anti-Counterfeiting-2019 international forum opened in Yerevan.
According to her, the letter was received two days ago. In this case, the Minister continued, the main problem is the origin of the cheese, for which it was necessary to obtain an opinion from the Russian side and to understand on the basis of what facts it was concluded that the cheese was not of Armenian origin, to understand what laboratory tests were carried out. After that, these studies will need to be compared with the conclusions of the commission in order to understand whether cheese is of Armenian origin or not. The EEC Minister emphasized that the implemented risk-based assessment system has fairly objective reasons for cars to stop and carry out inspections. "If business entities believe that their rights have been violated, they can sue for compensation, but it's important for us to understand the essence of the problem," Karine Minasyan emphasized.
She also noted that the objective problem of the "Upper Lars" is technical and is related to throughput, which is limited to 300 cars, while the car flow at the checkpoint today is three times more. The subjective problem is related to the issue of trust, which should be between the customs services of the EAEU countries. "It is necessary to come to the point that the Russian customs did not check goods and pass the car through the seal of the customs service of Armenia, and for this it is necessary to introduce mechanisms so that there is confidence at the border that the products are legal," Karine Minasyan concluded.
On November 7, ArmInfo with reference to the Spayka cargo transportation company, reported that after 24 days of downtime at the Upper Lars checkpoint, without a written expert opinion, Russian customs officers returned cars with 21 tons of blue cheese produced in Armenia. Blue cheese is a new product of "Spayka" company, which in its technological conditions and quality is fully consistent with the products of the best European cheese makers. The enterprise was opened at the beginning of the year in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Armenia. Over 15 million euros were invested in its creation. As ArmInfo previously reported, in order to expedite customs operations, the company timely provided customs officers with all the necessary documentation, including veterinary certificates, technical production conditions, etc. To make it even more convincing that the cheeses were actually made in Armenia, the company even provided video materials on the official opening of the enterprise for the production of blue cheese in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Russian Ambassador to Armenia. The company hoped that Russia would become one of the main markets for this product under the conditions of the EAEU common customs space and with anti-sanction measures that severely restrict the import of high-quality European cheese into Russia and the import substitution policy declared by the Russian Federation within the framework of the trade union.