Peat to Russia

Common Name: Peat, including peat crumb, agglomerated or not agglomerated

Conditions: Phytosanitary import permit not required. Phytosanitary certificate required. TC 2703 00 000 0

Last updated: 1 December 2011

Growing Media to Russia

General Requirements: Please note these requirements are in addition to the relevant additional declarations listed in section 3.5; Commodity Class Requirements. 

Conditions: Phytosanitary import permit not required. Phytosanitary certificate required. Refer Section 4.5.

Last updated: 28 September 2012

Russia General Requirements

General Information

For enquires about this standard email the Plant Exports Team:

Please state the nature of your enquiry in the subject line e.g. Russia query or pest interception or password re-set.

For urgent enquiries please phone + 64 4 894 5693


The requirements listed in this ICPR apply to product of New Zealand only, unless specifically stated.

This standard specifies Russia’s phytosanitary requirements. If a commodity or commodity group is not identified within this ICPR exporters should contact:

  • Russia directly in order to ascertain requirements
  • Ministry for Primary Industries (Plant Exports): Refer to Section 1.1

Phytosanitary Legislation

The following legislation controls the importation of plants and plant materials into Russia (reference:;

Federal Law of the Russian Federation on the State Regulation of Foreign Trade Activities

Decree of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR, 1931-08-23, on phytosanitary protection of the borders of the USSR.

Decree of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR, 1934-11-20, on Protection of the territory of the USSR against the entry and spread of agricultural and forest pests.

Decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, no 656 on Measures for the Improvement of the Organization of Plant Quarantine in the USSR, 1979-07-06.

Law on the State Border of the USSR of 1982-11-24.

Charter of Plant Quarantine in the USSR, 1987-05-18.

Regulations on phytosanitary control of materials and transport vehicles under quarantine crossing the state border of the USSR adopted in 1988.

Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No 268 of 1992-04-23 "On the State Plant Quarantine Inspection Service of the Russian Federation".

List of pests, plant diseases and weeds of quarantine significance for the Russian Federation, 1992-10-06

Law of the Russian Federation No 4730 of 1993-04-01 on the State Border of the Russian Federation.

Regulations for the protection of the territory of the Russian Federation territory against quarantine pests, plant diseases and weeds, 1994-06-17.

Customs Code of the Russian Federation, 28-05-2003

Decision 318 of 18-06-2010: Regulation on a Procedure of Phytosanitary Quarantine Control on Customs Territory of the Customs Union

Order N 456 of 29-12-2010: Rules Providing for Import of Plant Quarantine Regulated Products into The Russian Federation, and their Storage, Transportation, Processing and Use

Fees and charges

Please note that the determination and provision of phytosanitary requirements for a commodity not listed within the ICPR may be undertaken on a cost recovered basis. A link to the list of Plant Exports Fees and Charges is available on

General requirements


Prohibited imports:

  • Regulated articles infested by quarantine pests (see lists of Quarantine Pests).
  •  Plant pathogens, living insects, mites and nematodes (except samples for scientific purposes).
  • Soil, plants (including bulbs and tubers) accompanied by soil.
  • Plants for planting (including seeds) of fruit, forest and ornamental crops from all countries where the pests mentioned in the quarantine pest lists (Section 2.4) occur (except materials for scientific purposes).
  • Fruits and vegetables (in quantities exceeding 5 kg) transported by mail and by passengers
  • Seeds and planting material transported in luggage, hand luggage and mail, without being accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.
  • Seeds of Striga spp.
  • Litter made from materials of plant origin at imports of fruit and vegetables
  • Fruit and vegetables for use as vegetable bed material
  • Grain imported for processing must not be used for any other end purposes (i.e. sowing)

Regulated articles:

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (VPSS) publishes a list of quarantine products that are subject to state phytosanitary quarantine control.

The list is available at:

Where “From…” is used before a TC the requirements are not applied to all commodities that are classified in accordance with this code. In these cases it is necessary to be guided by more detailed description of the specific commodity in the code’s group.

Products included in this ICPR have been extracted from the VPSS official document on products that are subject to quarantine and phytosanitary regulations.

This list consists of two categories:

  1. Quarantine products with high pest risk
    • Phytosanitary certificate required.
    • Import permit not required.
    • Subject to inspection on arrival.
  2. Quarantine products with low pest risk
    • Phytosanitary certificate not required.
    • Import permit not required.
    • Subject to inspection on arrival.

Products are grouped in accordance with Russia’s Codes of Customs Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activity of the Russian Federation (Russia’s VED Tariff Code) available here:

All regulated articles must be imported through specified customs offices.

Phytosanitary Import Permits

Import permits:

Import permits are not required for plants and plant products.


Each package must be marked with:

  • Product type;
  • Country of origin;
  • Exporter and/or re-exporter name;

Planting seed, planting material

  • Must also include location and/or production site details

Contact details:

Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor)
Ministry of Agriculture
Orlikov pereulok, 1/11
107139 Moscow 84
Russian Federation
Tel: (+7) 095 975 43 47
Fax: (+7) 095 207 51 11 or

Phytosanitary Certificates

  1. All exports categorised by the Customs Union as quarantine products with high pest risk must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.
  2. Phytosanitary certificates must be issued prior to loading the vessel or aircraft. Phytosanitary certificate issuance dates must therefore be the same or earlier than the Bill of Lading date.
  3. A replacement of phytosanitary certificate will be issued for Russia on a case by case basis, these are not automatically issued. For a replacement certificate to be issued it must be accompanied by a cover letter from MPI detailing the amendments made. The inspection date must be stated on all replacement phytosanitary certificates.
  4. For a replacement certificate contact your IVA, who will work with MPI to consider if a replacement certificate will be issued. This will be done on a cost recovery basis.
  5. If the products are not included in this ICPR, the import permit and phytosanitary certificate for these products (material, cargo) may be issued on the official request of the national plant protection organisation of the importing country.
  6. For wood packaging and other forest product requirements of the Russian Federation go to:
  7. Transport means and transport facilities such as containers, used for shipments of quarantine products, as well as those which may carry quarantine pests, are subject to mandatory cleaning and disinfection if needed, in compliance with the rules and norms for ensuring plant quarantine according to Article 9 of the Federal Law # 99-FZ “on Plant Quarantine enacted July 15, 2000”.

Quarantine Pests

For a list of quarantine pests see Appendix 1. The scientific name and classification used is checked for accuracy against the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) Global database ( Please note that scientific names remain as the definitive names. In addition, MPI will also include synonyms specified by the importing country for use on additional declarations.

Quarantine pests for Russia include organisms specified in Appendix 1 of this ICPR, additional declarations and/or import permit.

Inspection on Arrival

At point of entry, seed and planting material consignments may have their phytosanitary certificate inspected and may be subject to visual inspection.

Sampling Rate

Not specified by Russia

Ports of Entry

Not specified by Russia

Transit Requirements

Not specified by Russia

Wood packaging

Refer to Forestry ICPR for Russia, link below:

Last updated: 13 October 2016


The phytosanitary requirements in this document may be used as the basis for export certification. However, exporters should be aware that importing countries may change their requirements at any time at short notice or without giving notice to New Zealand.

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2. without limiting (1) above, fully exclude any and all liability of any kind on the part of all of them, to any person or entity that chooses to rely on this information

Compliance with this document is not to be taken as a guarantee that any particular goods will be granted access to any overseas market. We recommend that exporters work with their importers to obtain the most up-to-date information.