Serbia grants market access for Indian Horticulture Products

Serbia market has opened its market for Indian potatoes, onions, pomegranate, and pomegranate arils.

Key Points

  • As per Agriculture and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA), phytosanitary certificate is not required to export pomegranate fruits & arils and onion bulbs growing in India.
  • However, this certificate is required for export of potatoes.
  • Potato consignments needs to be met with specific phytosanitary requirements and it should be mentioned on phytosanitary certificate as additional declaration.

What is Phytosanitary certificate?

It is an important official declaration which is required for export and import of plants and plant material. This certificate shows that, consignment is free from pests & diseases. This certification is provided to prevent spread of pests & diseases to countries importing the consignment. It also prevents introduction of new pests and diseases.

How this certification is provided?

Each country has their own requirements for this certificate. Certification is done under the guidelines given by National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) or authorities equivalent to it.  Parameters of this certificate are in accordance with the guidelines issued by World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement. It is an important component of final Act of General Agreement of Tariff and Trade GATT 1994.

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