Moldovan Deputy Agriculture Minister Anatol Spivacenco on March 12 announced that Russia has lifted restrictions on imports of Moldovan fruit and vegetables. Spivacenco said the restrictions, which also affected tobacco, were lifted on March 6. However, all exports must go through one customs point and will be subject to hygiene checks on the border, he said.
The restrictions were imposed in May 2005, Moscow alleging that Moldovan exporters "had not observed Russian and international norms."
Moldovan meat exports were banned at the same time and wine exports subsequently. Those restrictions were also lifted recently, though Moldovan exporters report continued impediments.