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Russian imports fall due to ban on EU pork

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Russian pork imports in the first quarter of this year were 22% down on a year earlier at 85,000 tonnes. This follows Russia’s blocking of imports of pork from the EU in early February, after the African Swine Fever cases in Lithuania and Poland.

Russian pork imports in the first quarter of this year were 22% down on a year earlier at 85,000 tonnes. This follows Russia’s blocking of imports of pork from the EU in early February, after the African Swine Fever cases in Lithuania and Poland. Shipments from the EU were down by more than two-thirds on the year, despite having been only marginally lower in January. With a separate ban on US pork imports remaining in force, the main beneficiaries have been Canada and Brazil. Imports from the former were nearly double their level in the first quarter of 2013, while those from Brazil were up by almost a quarter. However, these increases were not sufficient to offset the decline in EU volumes, with overall imports down by 29% in February and 38% in March, compared with the same months last year.


Pork import prices were significantly higher in rouble terms, although this was mainly due to the devaluation of the currency because of the political tensions in the region, as US dollar prices were almost unchanged compared with a year earlier. Russian imports of pig offal and fats were hit even more dramatically by the ban on EU product, since well over 90% were sourced from there last year. Pig offal imports were down by 70% for the quarter, while pig fat shipments were down by 64%.