June 25, 2014
Russia to discuss restarting pig imports from US and EU
Russia is ready to discuss the resumption of pig imports from the United States and is also drawing up veterinary certificates for the supply of stud pigs from the European Union to Russia, reported the Moscow Times.
The Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service suspended pig imports from the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and South Africa at end May, citing outbreaks of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv. The ban had already cost American producers millions of dollars, the US Meat Export Federation, or USMEF, said in May.
Head of the Russian watchdog, Sergei Dankvert, said on Tuesday that the US ban could be lifted if additional guarantees about the safety of the pigs were provided, Interfax reported.
On January 30, 2014, Russia also banned the import of pork and live pigs from the EU due to concerns about the presence of African swine fever(ASF) in the bloc. In April, the EU filed a lawsuit against Russia with the World Trade Organization over the ban.
Dankvert said on Tuesday that his agency has sent the EU pig import certificate to its Kazakh and Belarussian counterparts for approval, after which it will be forwarded to Brussels, Interfax reported.
For EU imports to be resumed, a number of requirements would need to be met, including the condition that no pigs could be sent to Russia from countries bordering Poland and Lithuania, where cases of African swine fever were detected earlier this year.