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USMEF Pleased with Agreement on Pork Exports

by 5m Editor
10 March 2010, at 12:32pm

US - On Friday, 5 March, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United States and Russia had reached an agreement to reopen the Russian market to US pork and pork products.

US Meat Export Federation Chairman-elect Keith Miller was in attendance at the 2010 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California, when Secretary Vilsack made the announcement. Mr Miller, a farmer-stockman from Great Bend, Kansas, says the timing of the agreement is critical as Russia’s economy and currency have recently been gaining strength and that means increased opportunities for US pork and beef exports.

Mr Miller added that he is also hopeful for a resumption of US poultry exports to Russia, as this could help relieve some of the potential price pressure created for US pork and beef when large quantities of poultry are available in both the domestic and global marketplace.

The next step for resuming pork exports to Russia is for US plants to apply for approval with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). AMS, in collaboration with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), has developed an Export Verification Program to address specific product requirements.

Reinstatement of plants that are currently delisted is essential for bringing pork trade back to its previous level of activity. Russia imported about 307 million pounds of US pork and pork variety meat in 2009, valued at $289.3 million. But this was a sharp decline from 2008, when more US plants were eligible to export to Russia. That year, exports totaled 480 million pounds valued at $476 million.

You can listen to the audio of Keith Miller on the US-Russia pork agreement by clicking here.

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