Poland to increase meat exports to Russia
Warsaw wants Moscow to expand the number or accredited
livestock produce suppliers to Russia.
Thus far, only six Polish meat companies have been permitted to supply
Russia with beef and pork, nine with poultry, 20 with dairy produce and one with
egg products. Four companies have a license to store agricultural products prior
to onward shipment to Russia.
In January 2008, Russia and Poland signed a memorandum lifting the ban,
which was imposed in 2005 over claims of low quality imports.
memorandum was signed, Russian inspectors carried out inspections of several
Polish meat producers, but only five had received accreditation to export to
Russia, according to Jerzy Rutkowski, head of the Polish embassy's economic
"A little more than 4,000 tonnes of meat was delivered to Russia from
Poland from the start of this year until the end of April. This is an
insignificant amount," the embassy official said, adding that Poland would like
the number of its meat exporters to Russia to increase several fold.
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