April 16, 2012
Russia may extend import restrictions of Brazilian meat, as it attempts to tighten sanitation standards in line with its induction into the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Russia's state veterinary service, Rosselkhoznadzor, met with Brazilian officials in Argentina in early April, warning them that fewer Brazilian processors may be certified for export in the coming year, given that sanitary requirements will be more rigid. Interestingly, this was at odds with what Brazil had heard from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture in recent weeks, which indicated that the trade embargo on Brazilian meat was nearing an end.
Currently Brazil has 139 plants registered for meat exports to Russia. According to reports, eight of those are certified, 40 face likely restrictions and 91 remain banned since June 2011.
The June 2011 ban corresponded with a significant decrease in Brazilian beef exports to Russia.