Hopes Raised to Lift Russian Ban on Brazilian Meat

BRAZIL - A Russian delegation to Brazil has promised the Brazilain Agriculture minister to lift the ban on Brazilian meat exports soon.
calendar icon 4 July 2012
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The delegation was meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), Mendes Ribeiro Filho, and also attended a meeting in the Committee of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (CRA) of the Federal Senate.

"We are aware of the problem, but reinforced that there is no political motive in this process. There was some divergence from the requirements for export to our country and hope to resolve this problem with the coming of a mission to Brazil, "said Senator Gennady Gorbunov, part of the Russian mission.

According to the Secretary of Agricultural Defence, Enio Marques, the Ministry is still awaiting the confirmation of dates and locations to be visited by the Russian technicians.

Brazil has already held several meetings with the health authorities from Russia in an attempt to define criteria for equivalence between the Brazilian and the Russian Customs Union rules.

"We hope to continue the process as quickly as possible. We have already sent the documents to define the fairness of procedures and are awaiting a position on their part, "said Marques.

The visit is part of an attempt to cement a relationship between the two countries on agribusiness issues.

The Russian senators reiterated their interest in developing cooperation agreements with Brazilian institutions.

They told the Brazilian agriculture minsitry that Russia faces a deficit in beef and Brazil may be one of the main suppliers in the future.

The temporary suspension of trade in meat from three Brazilian states - Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Mato Grosso - to Russia was a year old on 15 June.

During this period, as well as to numerous meetings and technical visits to try to unlock the barrier, Brazil sought to open new markets for its meat products and thus avoid damage to Brazilian producers.

There has neem progress in talks with China, the United States and Japan, among others.

Even with the embargo from Russia and Argentina to the Brazilian pork exports, they rose compared to May 2011, before the Russian ban on meat imports began.

In May 2011, sales of pork reached R$ 203.9 million in value and 44,900 tonnes in volume. In May this year, exports were US$ 274.3 million in value and 53,300 tonnes in volume.

Despite the ban, in the last 12 months, 35 plants have been allowed to return to trade with Russia.

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