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Russia To Increase Meat Import Quotas

by 5m Editor
12 March 2004, at 12:00am

RUSSIA - Russia announced on Thursday that it will increase import quotas for poultry, beef and pork from countries free of disease at the expense of countries that have been hit by outbreaks.

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Holders of licences to import meat from a country or group of countries which may be banned due to animal disease may apply for new licences.

Importers will be able to buy the same amount of meat from other countries even if total imports exceed volumes of quotas issued to these countries.

The website said a resolution authorising the swap of suppliers would become effective immediately after its publication in the government gazette. Government orders are normally published within days of the announcement.

Russia has restricted imports of poultry, pork and beef by quotas to protect domestic breeders.

Since the start of 2004, Russia has banned poultry and poultry product imports from 11 Asian countries, the Canadian province of British Columbia and the U.S. states of Delaware, Texas and Maryland to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus.

The United States received the lion's share, or 771,900 tonnes, of a 1.05 million tonne poultry meat import quota that Moscow set for this year.

The checkoff rate is 40 cents for each $100 value of hogs sold.

Source: eFeedLink - 12th March 2004

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