Russia team to audit Sri Lanka quarantine procedures after lifting tea ban

ECONOMYNEXT – A team of technical experts from Russia would visit Sri Lanka in January to examine plant quarantine procedures here, the Sri Lanka embassy in the country said, after a successful talks aimed at lifting a ban on Ceylon Tea.

Russia’s phytosanitary surveillance agency Rosselkhoznadzor banned the import of Ceylon tea claiming a beetle was disovered in a shipment, shortly before Sri Lanka was to ban imports of asbestos.

Sri Lanka’s cabinet decided to lift the restrictions with Russia playing hardball over Ceylon Tea.

Sri Lanka’s embassy in Russia said discussions with Rosselkhoznadzor and a visiting Sri Lanka delegation was successful.

"..[T]he Russian side indicated that they were satisfied with the measures proposed by the Sri Lankan side to ensure the shipping of pest-free plant products consignments to Russia," the embassy said in a statement.

Sri Lanka side indicated that there were no records of Khapra beetle, said to have been found Rosselkhoznadzor since 1978.

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