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Customs rejects 28 consignments of imported fruits in 2019

Published : 19 Mar 2020, 01:29

Updated : 19 Mar 2020, 10:29

  DF Report

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A total of 903 consignments containing citrus fruits, apples and grapes subject to compliance checks were brought into Finland from countries outside the EU in 2019.

Altogether 467 of the consignments were subjected to physical compliance checks, and 28 of them were rejected, said the Finnish Customs in a press release on Wednesday.

 The reasons for rejection were that the products were bruised, rotten or mouldy or contained physiological defects or contaminants.

Of the rejected consignments, five were destroyed entirely under the supervision of Customs. Improvements were made to the rest, after which the consignments were allowed to be imported.

A total of 794 consignments containing fruits and vegetables subject to phytosanitary controls were brought into Finland last year, the release added.

The number of import consignments decreased by 38 per cent year on year.

The Finnish Customs monitors the health of fresh fruits and vegetables brought into Finland from outside the EU by performing document controls and phytosanitary controls. The goal of the controls is to ensure that plant diseases or quarantine plant pests may not spread into the EU territory from outside the EU.

The largest product groups were citrus fruits, apples and mangoes.

An inspection of documents was carried out for all consignments. Moreover, physical phytosanitary controls were performed on 559 consignments. No deficiencies in terms of plant health were detected during the controls.