Ecuadorian Banana Exporters to Russia Comply with New Requirements


Ecuadorian banana exporters to the Russian market have successfully implemented new phytosanitary protocols following the lifting of Russian restrictions, as reported to RIA Novosti by the ambassador of the South American nation in Moscow, Juan Fernando Holguín Flores. "Since the restrictions were lifted, the banana sector has successfully implemented new phytosanitary protocols, in coordination with the competent Ecuadorian authorities (Agrocalidad)," the diplomat stated.

In addition, he pointed out that "according to what was expressed by the exporter guilds, there was no significant impact on Ecuadorian exports to Russia after the blockade of these companies." On February 16, the Russian Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service, Rosseljoznadzor, lifted the ban on banana exports from five Ecuadorian companies that had been in effect since February 5 after the Russians had alleged to have found 'the humpback fly' in banana shipments. The five exporting companies sanctioned for allegedly violating the rules were Agzulasa, Don Carlos Fruit, Agroaereo Fruit Export, Asociación de Producción Agropecuaria del Oro, and Comercializadora de Banano del Sur. Agrocalidad, an entity attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, responded that 'the humpback fly' is not an agricultural pest but decided to reinforce the surveillance and control of shipments to that country to satisfy Russian concerns.

On February 20, the authorities of Ecuador and Russia ratified the decision to restart marketing from the five banana companies banned by Moscow. They agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding between the health agencies of both countries. Apart from Russia, no other international market that receives bananas from Ecuador has found traces of humpback flies so far, and it has not been necessary to sign any new protocol for the Ecuadorian authorities.