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Russia, Belarus Agree on Meat, Dairy Trade

06 January 2011
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

RUSSIA & BELARUS - On 22 December 2010, Russian and Belarusian Ministries of Agriculture agreed to a Common Agricultural Policy of the Russia-Belarus Union State as well as established 2011 import quotas for dairy, meat and poultry, and sugar, in accordance with also agreed Union State food balance sheets.

Press sections of the Russian and Belarus Ministries of Agriculture reported that a joint meeting between the two Ministries was held in Minsk on 22 December 2010.

The meeting addressed two questions:

  • on the concept of the Common Agricultural Policy of the Union State, and
  • on coordination of the supply and demand forecast of the Union State for milk and dairy products, meat and meat products, and sugar in 2011."

In accordance with the balance sheets, Russia and Belarus agreed to terms on 2011 import quotas for dairy, meat and poultry, and sugar.

Common Agricultural Policy of the Russia-Belarus Union State

As reported by the Belarusian Ministry of Agriculture: "Implementation of the main directions of agrarian policy requires synchronization of price, credit and finance, tax, insurance, and customs policy of the Union State; a consistent system of state support to producers; and the mutual attraction of investment in agriculture and processing industries of the agro-industrial complex."

Dairy quotas

In 2011, Belarus will ship Russia 3.6 million metric tonnes (MT; milk-equivalent) of dairy products, including 65,000MT of non-fat dry milk, 20,000MT of whole milk powder, 50,000MT of concentrated milk, 8,000MT of dry dairy whey, 70,000 tons of cream butter, 125,000MT of cheese and curd and 300,000MT of other dairy products. The shipments will be distributed evenly throughout the year. In return, Russia will ship Belarus 40,000MT (milk-equivalent) of unspecified dairy products.

Meat and poultry quotas

In 2011, Belarus will ship Russia 210,000MT (meat-equivalent) of meat and poultry, including 130,000MT of beef, 20,000MT of pork, 15,000MT of poultry meat and 45,000MT of other meat products. Quotas on meat and poultry between Russia and Belarus are newly established in 2011.

Sugar quotas

In 2011, Belarus will ship Russia 200,000MT of refined sugar. The shipments will be distributed evenly throughout the year. In return, Russia will ship Belarus 100MT of refined sugar.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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