RUSSIA-US-ECONOMY-TRADE-FOOD-AGRICULTURE-FILESIn response to the sanctions proposed by the West, Russia has now replaced the United States, Canada and Australia as their meat suppliers with China and India.

Russia’s relevant authority’s stated Wednesday that Chinese and Indian meat products will be replacing banned pork and beef exports from the West.

“For example, Russia’s Far East used to be heavily reliant on meat supplies from the United States and Canada. Now that [we are] actively cooperating with China’s veterinary authorities on … pork supplies from certain highly-integrated Chinese enterprises, the US and Canadian suppliers will not be able to come back,”

According to the data released by head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosonitary surveillance, Sergei Dankvert, “Moscow imported 619,200 tons of pork for $2.13 billion in 2013. Brazil, Denmark, Germany and Canada were the principal suppliers of the meat. Canada exported 79,300 tons of pork to Russia in 2013 for $246.3 million, while US pork exports had reached $19 million per year.In 2013, Russia imported 658,400 tons of cooled and frozen meat, valued at $2.87 billion, with Belarus and Brazil among the top exporters.”

On August 7th, Russia had banned the importation of certain agricultural products and food from European Union members, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway. All countries listed had imposed new economic sanctions against Russia. The list of banned products includes: beef, pork, fruit and vegetables, poultry, cheese and dairy products, and a number of other items.

 

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