Implementation of new controls for the import of vegetables and fruits .. in Muharram

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has set the beginning of next Muharram as a date for launching the new mechanism and controls for importing vegetables and fruits.

She said that the new mechanism aims to support the sustainability of local production, control quality, protect plant wealth, and continue the flow of fresh vegetables and fruits to enhance food security.

The ministry confirmed, in recent details, that the new controls included determining the types and quantities that are placed in the import license, according to the needs of the local market, organizing support services and transportation, and requirements for issuing licenses and import permits. Noting that the mechanism relied on the agricultural quarantine system in the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, which stipulated: “No shipment is allowed to enter the country except under an import license and a phytosanitary certificate issued by the competent authorities in the exporting country,” in addition to the implementing regulations in the Kingdom of the system Plant quarantine in the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, which states: “The party wishing to import plants, plant products or materials subject to phytosanitary regulations, requires an import permit to submit its application to the competent authorities,” and a reference to the international standards of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Which allows countries to set requirements on imported goods.

The ministry indicated that the new mechanism stipulated that shipments of vegetables and fruits conform to the provisions of the agricultural quarantine system for the Gulf countries, and the technical regulations and specifications approved by the ministry, explaining that in the event the import license expires, the incoming shipments will not be allowed to be released, and the ministry has the right to verify the imported quantities according to each license. In addition to stopping the shipment in the event of the emergence of epidemic diseases in the country of export.

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