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Meat and Poultry TRQ Mechanism Announced for 2009

by 5m Editor
25 March 2009, at 11:05a.m.

RUSSIA - On 10 March 2009, the Russian government issued Resolution #211, establishing the mechanism for calculating 2009 meat and poultry import quota allocations, according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in their <em>Livestock and Products</em> report.

This mechanism sets specific quota allocations for 2009 based on average imports from 2005-2007 and allocates only a small portion of the quota to companies that imported over quota volumes in 2008.

According to Resolution #211, 25 per cent of beef, pork and poultry tariff rate quota (TRQ) volumes for 2009 were distributed by 10 December 2008 among companies which imported from 1 January - September 2008, and 100 per cent of the TRQ will be distributed by 10 April 2009 among companies which imported from 1 January - 31 December 2008 excluding beef, pork or poultry imported from member States of the CIS.

The main portion of meat import quotas will be distributed between the participants of foreign trade activities that imported meat products from 2005-2007, in proportion to the volumes of their shipments. The Russian government did not include 2008 figures in determining 2009 quota allocations due to concerns that meat importers would rush to increase purchases at the end of the year using out-of-quota channels. 2009 TRQ quantities which exceed the amount from the previous year will be allocated to new companies.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.