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Senasa and Argentine Postal Service agree for safe transfer of queen bees from designated cabins

Christian Fernsby |
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina informs that the National Service of Health and Food Quality (Senasa) and the Argentine Postal Service have agreed on a procedure that will allow live beekeeping material to be sent by post.

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The initiative is part of the agreement signed by both institutions for an easy and safe distribution of these insects.

After previous work with owners of beekeeping cabins, in which the conditions and requirements for a reliable and risk-free transfer were established, an agreement was reached with the state mail company to carry out a "pilot test" with the shipment of queen bees.

Regarding the progress of the agreement, the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Juan José Bahillo, stressed that "the initiative implies a great advance for the beekeeping activity, one of the most important regional economies of our country, since it facilitates issues related to shipping logistics, safe transport and ordering of the internal market, with which this new service benefits the cabins enabled by Senasa"

"We are advancing in coordination with the Argentine Postal Service to respond to the request for beekeeping cabins so that they can safely transfer queen bees to other producers in the country," added the president of Senasa, Diana Guillén.

For her part, the president of the Official Mail of the Argentine Republic SA, Vanesa Piesciorovski, stated that "for Correo Argentino, this initiative is one more step in the federalization of shipments by post and also a sample of the capacity of the mail of flag for the transfer of this type of live beekeeping material; with which we are very happy to reach this agreement and that the tests have resulted satisfactorily".

Within this framework, the first trial was completed successfully and was carried out by the "Reinas del Litoral" beekeeping cabin, enabled by Senasa, located in the town of San Salvador, province of Entre Ríos, with a producer from Concordia Province as recipient. .

The product sent was an express package with the label "My mail", which allows tracking through the website of said company.

It is important to note that only authorized cabins will be able to use this service, which seeks to formalize the transit of queen bees in the national territory and resolve this issue related to shipping logistics, safe transportation and ordering of the internal market.

In this sense, it must be taken into account that to manage the shipment of an express package through Correo Argentino that contains queen bees from an authorized cabin, the person responsible for it will be asked -as an exclusive requirement-, the presentation of the Electronic Transit Document (DT-e) generated by self-management before Senasa, as well as the statement on its content.

Likewise, it should be noted that this new system will help promote the registration of beekeeping establishments through their sanitary registration with Senasa, for their formalization and authorization.


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