URALCHEM Trading SIA, Latvia has successfully passed FIAS (Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme) certification.
Online PR News – 18-May-2011 – – Moscow, Russia - URALCHEM Trading SIA, Latvia (a subsidiary of Uralchem, OJSC) has successfully passed FIAS (Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme) certification. FIAS is a joint UK industry and government initiative designed to ensure legislative compliance, security, traceability, safety and good practice in the mineral fertiliser supply chain.
The company’s efforts have been recognised by the UK-based Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), the leading association in the agri-supply industry and managers of the scheme. “The AIC are delighted that Uralchem have been certified to FIAS as they are an important part of the fertiliser industry supply chain. Uralchem is the first non-UK company to be certified to FIAS which may act as a conduit for other companies within Europe to join FIAS if they so wish" said Eileen Pullinger, Head of the Fertiliser Sector of the AIC.
Talking about the certification results, Graham Dunn, URALCHEM Trading SIA agent in Great Britain said, “Our accreditation will be seen by the Industry at large in a very positive manner and will substantially support our drive to be a leading manufacturer of plant nutrients for UK Agriculture”.
Anton Tynnikov, URALCHEM’s Sr. International Projects Manager said, “In order to comply with FIAS, we have developed operating procedures and a risk evaluation system that can be demonstrated to a variety of different certifying organizations. They can also be applied to ensure proper documentation for all of our foreign trade operations. This will be an invaluable instrument for our company in the future. The UK’s leadership in this area has greatly helped our own standing in the global market”.
Going into the future, the FIAS certification efforts made by the company will be increasingly important as the European Commission has started to define an equivalent pan-European system built around elements of existing schemes including FIAS. Early compliance with any future EU standards will give URALCHEM a significant advantage in the wider European fertiliser market.
FIAS was launched on 9th January 2006 and assures fertiliser security and traceability in the industry supply chain. The UK government encouraged and supported this industry initiative as an alternative to further legislation. AIC manages the development and implementation of the scheme under the supervision of the FIAS Steering Group, which has representatives from government and industry stakeholders.
URALCHEM is one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers in Russia and the CIS with production capacities of over 2.5 million tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 2.2 million tonnes of ammonia, 0.8 million tonnes of MAP and DAP, 0.8 million tonnes of complex fertilisers and 0.5 million tonnes of urea. URALCHEM is the second largest ammonium nitrate producer in the world and number one in Russia. URALCHEM’s key production assets include Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemical Works, OJSC in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Kirov region; Azot, OJSC in Berezniki, Perm region; Voskresensk Mineral Fertilisers, OJSC in Voskresensk, Moscow region.