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14 August 2014

USDA International Egg and Poultry: Russia Announces Ban on US Agricultural ProductsUSDA International Egg and Poultry: Russia Announces Ban on US Agricultural Products

On August 6, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning a list of agricultural products from the United States, Canada, European Union, Australia, and Norway as a result of the implementation of economic sanctions against Russia due to events in the region.
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The ban takes place immediately, according to the decree, and will be valid for one calendar year. The list of agricultural products include beef, pork, poultry, fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood, cheese, milk and a variety of other products.

The next day the USDA FSIS Library of Export Requirements updated export requirements for Russia stating Russia had banned the import of all beef, pork and poultry, and beef, pork and poultry products from the United States and beginning on August 7, 2014, no certificates for export of these products to Russia would be issued. Information about in-transit shipments certified for export to Russia prior to August 7, 2014, will be provided as soon as it becomes available. (Modified Aug 07, 2014.)

U.S. poultry exports to Russia have been declining over recent years, falling from 36% of total poultry exports in 2001 to 7% in 2013. For the first six months of 2014, only 6% of poultry exports went to Russia. In 2013, U.S. broiler exports totaled $4.2 billion and accounted for 20% of domestic poultry production by weight.

In 2010 U.S. poultry exports to Russia dropped due to a chlorine ban and exports to China fell due to anti-dumping and counter-vailing duties imposed on U.S. poultry.

Russia’s domestic poultry production is estimated to supply over 85 percent of domestic consumption in Russia. As a result, analysts report that the Russian market is nearly saturated and, in order to further market domestically produced products, poultry companies will have to look to export markets to further drive growth. Poultry feed accounts for 58% of the total feed production in Russia.

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