Vietnam asks Russia to put off aquaculture inspection till March

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
30 January 2007, at 12:00am

VIETNAM - A Vietnamese agency has asked Russian authorities to delay their planned inspection of aquatic product processing businesses in Vietnam until March, citing a busy schedule and the lunar New Year festival.

The inspection has been slated for this month, but the National Fisheries Quality and Veterinary Directorate (Nafiqaved) said it would be too busy receiving many foreign delegations which would come to learn about and examine Vietnam’s aquaculture from now until the end of February.

Besides, the Tet Lunar New Year Festival, the most important traditional event in Vietnam, would fall on the second half of February, it said.

Nafiqaved said it had sent a letter to Russian Federal Service of Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection asking for the delay.

The Russian agency earlier announced it would send a mission to inspect the Vietnamese aquaculture and seafood processing industry in order to short-list businesses qualified for exporting to Russia.

Its inspectors would learn about the quality control over aquatic products, collect information about animal epidemics, and examine the aquaculture and processing facilities.

While waiting for the Russian side’s reply, Nafiqaved was trying to make a list of enterprises that could meet the requirements for exporting products to Russia, said Tran Bich Nga, Deputy Head of Nafiqaved.

Among the 315 businesses that were qualified to export aquatic products in general, 198 could meet the requirements, she said.

The list would still be updated as more enterprises would register to export to Russia. However, the final list would be decided by the Russian side after its inspection, Nga added.

Source: Thanh Nien