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The Way for American Chicken to Russia Is Open

by 5m Editor
15 April 2005, at 12:00am

RUSSIA - It became known yesterday that the Russian Government had approved a draft agreement between the Russian and the U.S. authorities entitled On the Trade of Certain Sorts of Poultry, Beef and Pork fixing the volume of meat import to Russia for the next four years. Russian poultry farmers have already labelled the document “a treachery of the Russia’s interests”. The implementations of these accords will lead to a 20-percent rise in the volume of poultry import by 2009. Importers comment on the situation in a more reserved way saying everything could have been much worse. This year’s poultry import quota amounts to 1,05 million tons. The quota is divided among the source natures, imports that exceed quotas are prohibited. The biggest shares are owned by the U.S. (74 percent) and the E.U. (18 percent). Pork and beef are levied by tariff quotas, which means that the import exceeding quotas is admissible but prohibited duties are imposed. The pork quota amounts to 450,000 tons and the beef quota is 420,000 tons. <i>Source: Kommersant</i>

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