Russia agrees to lift tea ban from Dec. 30: Navin

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Russia agreed to lift the temporary restriction on tea imports from Sri Lanka from December 30, following discussions with the Sri Lankan technical team, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said today.

The Minister told the Daily Mirror that Russian authorities had set several criteria to be met by the Sri Lankan tea exporters, such as to maintain purity of the containers used for tea exports and adhere to fumigation methods.

He said the Sri Lankan tea exporters had agreed to adopt the criteria set out by the Russian authorities.

A six-member team went to Moscow a few days ago for a discussion on the Russia’s recent restriction on tea imports from Sri Lanka.(Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Keith Monday, 25 December 2017 05:22 PM

    Quick action on the part of the minister saved the day

    Unchikun Monday, 25 December 2017 05:28 PM

    Did they mention "White Asbestos"? No. It was the fault of unhygienic and unsupervised tea packing. You also wanted to introduce a harmful weedicide which can affect thousands of farmers and tea workers. A minister fit for the dustbin. Let get the act together now.

    Perumal Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:00 AM

    Didn't they even vicariously refer to a naval ship and asbestos? Beware it might be a hit below the navel.

    ASK Monday, 25 December 2017 05:35 PM

    A song of the beetles!

    Dee Monday, 25 December 2017 05:38 PM

    If this happened 4 years back . An entire planeload of 'dignitaries' would have flown to Russia. Some would not even know where Russia is. Someone of the SL diplomatic mission would have got thrashed in public . A big party thrown out and they'd return . End result . Not only tea but other commodities would also be banned .

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 26 December 2017 06:02 AM

    Good it is over. One of the hazards of international trade. The untold part of the story is who shipped the tea. The problem started with the packing so now the need has arisen for strict quality control during packing.i

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 26 December 2017 06:20 AM

    So, no mention of Asbestos?

    Sambo Tuesday, 26 December 2017 08:29 AM

    This is a good eye opener to the government. Our exporters many of them try to cheat. The fist lot of good are of very good quality and after that becomes junk and loose the opportunity for further business. They are ruining the image of Sri Lanka.

    M.ASHRAFF NZIM Tuesday, 26 December 2017 09:18 AM

    This was a good news for Sri Lanka and mainly this was approved because of our Good Relationship we had with Russia. Whatever said and done we are a small Country and we have to ignore the matter of Asbestos that's why the restrictions imposed by our Government was lifted immediately.

    voter Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:22 AM

    Will, we find beetles in asbestos in the coming days??

    Rasheed Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:32 AM

    At last Govt lifted the ban on Asbestos risking the public life for the sake of Tea.

    ceylon Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:37 AM

    upgrade quality.continuesly improve quality of loose the customers. via DM Android App

    patriot Tuesday, 26 December 2017 10:41 AM

    Tea (beneficial) won and asbestos(harmful) won.

    Countryman Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:45 AM

    ... may be, tea and asbestos are dual agreement, who knows what is the compromise?

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:54 AM

    In the port of Hamburg all containers with bananas for Germany arrive from America. In the containers spiders, snakes and other animals are found all times. This is normal and it does not bother anyone.

    Ajja Tuesday, 26 December 2017 01:53 PM

    So we are been advised by the Customer how to maintain Quality.This act was deliberately done by the Russian espionage to by their cancerous Asbestos.Poor Lankan has no option but to Bow down.

    Lafir Tuesday, 26 December 2017 05:56 PM

    We can teach them a good lesson..it is we who are buying this cancerous roof over our head. We should go back to our ancestors "Ulu" tiles, safer, healthier and cheaper. Government can revive a local industry and save millions of $$$$.


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