October 27, 2006

 

USDA expects Russia's pork imports to rise in 2007

 

 

Russia's pork imports are expected to continue increasing next year despite strong growth of the domestic pork sector, news agency Prime-tass reported Thursday (Oct 26), citing the semi-annual meat trade report by the US Department of Agriculture.

 

Russia's pork imports are expected tot total 825,000 tonnes in 2007, up from around 800,000 tonnes this year and 765,000 tonnes in 2005, the USDA said.

 

"US pork exports to Russia will grow as Brazil will be unable to sustain its position in the Russian market due to the foot-and-mouth disease," the report said.

 

Russia was the primary market for Brazilian pork exports in 2005, accounting for 67 percent of pork shipments abroad. In January-July Brazilian pork exports to Russia were down 44 percent against the same period in 2005 because Russia imposed the ban on imports from a number of Brazilian states after outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease.

 

Russia's domestic pork output is forecast to hit 1.91 million tonnes in 2007, up from around 1.8 million tonnes this year and 1.735 million tonnes in 2005, the USDA said.

 

Russia is the world's second largest pork importer after Japan.

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