Customs Union agrees veterinary certificate for U.S. poultry product

The Customs Union and U.S. veterinary service have coordinated a veterinary certificate for poultry-farming products from the United States.

The certificate was approved following negotiations with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) applies to the export from the United States of newly hatched chicks, turkeys, ducklings, goslings, ostrich chicks, and the incubated eggs of these birds, the EEC website says. The document has been forwarded to the authorized agencies in the Customs Union and United States for signing.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service data shows Russia imported 266,995 tonnes of U.S. poultry meat last year, 25.4 percent more than in 2011.

All in all, according to Russia's Federal Customs Service (FCS), Russia imported 527,000 tonnes of poultry meat for $839.6 million last year versus 418,800 tonnes for $592.5 million in 2011.

During the negotiations at the EEC, issues of coordinating veterinary certificates differing in form from the unified veterinary certificates for controlled goods imported from third counts into the Customs Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus) were addressed.

Also discussed were certificate forms for pedigree and utility cattle, bovine embryos, cattle for slaughter, sheep and goats, pedigree hogs and those for slaughter, for pedigree, utility, and sporting horses, and bull semen. The parties agreed to continue negotiations over these certificates.

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