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New FVS Veterinary Border Inspection Post at Riga International Airport

A Food and Veterinary Service (FVS) border inspection post approved by the European Commission was put into operation on 12 July at Riga International Airport, where FVS performs around-the-clock inspections of import and transit cargo subjected to veterinary border control.


Maris Balodis, FVS Director General, said: “Establishment at the airport of a veterinary border inspection post, approved by the European Commission, is very necessary not only to the population of Latvia who want to be sure that the food products sent by air from third countries are tested and safe, but also to Latvia as a state, for veterinary inspection in such a strategically important place to Latvia and EU as the airport will favour international trade, also boosting the country’s economic growth”.


Arnis Luhse, Chairman of the Board of Riga International Airport, stressed that “construction of a veterinary border inspection post opens wider cargo handling opportunities for the airport”.


According to FVS estimates, the inspectors will mostly have to check pre-packaged frozen meat products imported to EU by air from third countries, but clearly the largest cargo volume will initially be food shipments exported from EU territory to the NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Since Latvia’s accession to the European Union in 2004, the closest veterinary border inspection posts have been at Vilnius and Helsinki airports, while at Riga Airport the FVS inspected only the shipments of plant products and food products of non-animal origin, as well as non-food items.