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U.S. poultry imports to Russia grow 9% in 2005

by 5m Editor
6 March 2006, at 12:00am

MOSCOW - Russia increased poultry imports from the United States 9% in 2005, the USA Poultry and Egg Exporting Council (USAPEEC) in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus told Interfax with reference to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Russia imported 742,390 tonnes of broiler meat in 2005, up 9% from 681,450 tonnes in 2004, the USDA said. U.S. poultry imports to Russia, however, dropped 50% to 33,920 tonnes in December 2005 compared to December 2004. Russia remains the largest purchaser of poultry meat from the U.S. Among CIS countries, the largest amounts of broiler meat were imported in 2005 by Ukraine at 56,010 tonnes, Georgia at 69,230 tonnes and Azerbaijan at 21,780 tonnes. However, Ukraine imported 54% less poultry meat in 2005 than it did in 2004 and Azerbaijan imported 53% less, while Georgia increased U.S. poultry imports 40%. The U.S. exported a total of 2.334 million tonnes of broiler meat in 2005, up 8% from 2004. The U.S. exported 258,270 tonnes of turkey meat in 2005, up 29%. Mexico, the largest importer of turkey meat from the U.S., purchased 160,000 tonnes in 2005, USAPEEC said. Russia currently has an annual quota of 1.09 million tonnes on poultry imports. <i>Source: Technology Marketing Corporation,</i>

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