The ‘Agroexport’ and MGIMO Held an Advanced Training Program on Legal Regulation of Agricultural Exports

From November 10 to 12, MGIMO together with the Agroexport Federal Center conducted an advanced training program “Topical Issues of Legal Regulation of Agricultural Exports”. The course was organized jointly by the Agroexport Federal Center and MGIMO with support from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture as part of the strategic project “Institute of World Agricultural Markets” under the governmental program supporting Russian universities “Priority 2030”.

As Doctor of Law, Deputy Director of the Agroexport Dmitry Shestakov noted, the course was held for the first time. “We managed to combine the expertise accumulated by the Agroexport over the years, and the experience of MGIMO in teaching international trade and private international law, ” he pointed out. “We focused on the most significant and topical legal issues that are worth knowing for the effective agricultural exports: from the requirements of international bodies to the national standards of numerous countries”.

The program encompassed several parts. The first one was theoretical. The representatives of the Agroexport touched upon the key legal aspects of agricultural exports. The experts enumerated the main requirements imposed by the competent authorities on imported agricultural products, technical regulations and standards of foreign countries and regional organizations, as well as tariff and non-tariff barriers that national exporters face while entering foreign markets. The speakers also analyzed the features of current international trade, with specific attention to the nature of sanctions and the sanctions policy of the United States and European countries.
Alexander Stoklitsky, commercial director of LLC Lipetsk Meat, in turn, shared his experience in agricultural exports. Business, in his view, needs to engage a dialogue with federal government authorities. “While lobbying, it is important to put the public interest above the private one, even if exporters have to partly sacrifice its own benefit,” he advised. The speaker spoke about various formats of public-private partnerships on the example of industry associations supporting exporters in the USA, Ireland, Australia and Germany. He also dwelled in detail on the features of international business correspondence.

The second part was practical. The course participants had a try to determine the import duty on the products supplied, analyzed the requirements that foreign countries imposed on products of animal and vegetable origin, as well as learned to correctly draw up international sales contracts.

MGIMO continues the autumn cycle of advanced training programs organized jointly by the institute together with the Agroexport. The new course is devoted to specialists from Russian agribusiness companies involved in the analysis and forecasting of agricultural markets. The course participants will learn about the basics of international statistics and get acquainted with the main factors influencing world agricultural markets.