Russia: Future poultry import quotas reduced

05-10-2009 | |

The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia has proposed to reduce quotas on poultry and pork imports to Russia for the period of 2010-2012, according to the deputy head of the Ministry Andrei Slepnev.

“We are proposing to decrease the quotas on poultry and pork imports for 2010,” he said. Moreover, in the case of beef the quota will remain the same.

Slepnev reported that this proposal will be considered at a future meeting of the governmental commission on customs-tariff regulation.

He noted that the country principle and the amount of fees will be retained at current levels, while the new quotas will be calculated from the desired level of stability of the Russian meat market.

The deputy minister did not specify a specific quota size, arguing that the final decision will be made during a governmental meeting. “We are proposing to set these quotas for a three year period that will allow producers to plan their business,” he explained.

By Evegen Vorotnikov

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist