January 10, 2013


Russia restricts poultry imports from Ukraine farm


Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, is presently limiting poultry imports from Ukraine's Dnipro poultry farm and has introduced improved laboratory control of Agroprodukt products.


According to a report by Rosselkhoznadzor, coliform bacteria were found in chilled beef coming from Agroprodukt. In addition, salmonella and listeria were found in poultry received from Dnipro poultry farm. According to experts, this could be the first step of the new trade war between two countries as Russia tries to force Ukraine to enter the Custom Union (Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus).


In 2013, the country plans to export 20,000-30,000 tonnes of poultry to EU and 100,000 tonnes of poultry or 10% of the total volume of internal production to the Custom Union. Experts say that one of these figures could be sharply increased, as Ukraine, in the first half of 2013, will have to choose which Union it would prefer to enter.


Experts note that if Ukraine resists against entering into the Custom Union, Russia could completely close its market for Ukraine poultry. The possible "trade wars" between two countries could seriously hamper the development of poultry industry in Ukraine, resulting in the significant fall of prices and oversupply of production in the domestic market.

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