ASTANA – Under the terms of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) treaty, Kazakh meat will be exported to the countries of the EEU without unnecessary formalities and complex veterinary and sanitary barriers at the border, said Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Veterinary Control and Supervision Mereke Taytubayev at an April 21 Central Communications Service briefing.
The treaty establishing the EEU is expected to be signed next month, opening the Russian and Belarusian markets to Kazakh meat. Working on the contract, Kazakh negotiators made suggestions that significantly eased the process of exporting domestic animal products, livestock and raw materials of animal origin.
“This document can further facilitate trade between our countries. We have an opportunity for the free movement of livestock products within the territory of the member states of the EEU,” said Taytubayev.
“According to the document, the veterinary services of Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia may conduct inspections, and their verdicts will be recognised by their colleagues from EEU countries,” he said.
According to him, veterinary certificates issued in any of the regions of Kazakhstan are now valid both in Russia and in Belarus, and the documents would preclude re-analysis.
Taytubayev also discussed advantages Eurasian integration processes have already created for the Kazakh domestic veterinary service. He recalled the Customs Union agreement on veterinary and sanitary measures signed five years ago, which reduced the number of mandatory procedures required for the trade of meat between the member countries. Integration processes over the past five years also allowed experts from the three countries to work out uniform rules for the use of veterinary drugs within the Customs Union.
As the country develops its agricultural sector, meat production and export is a focus, and there is hope that high quality Kazakh meat can become part of the country’s new national image.