Eurasian Economic Commission approves Customs Union 2014 meat import quotas

The Eurasian Economic Commission has approved the meat import quotas for the Customs Union countries (Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus) in 2014.

The Eurasian Economic Commission has approved the meat import quotas for the Customs Union countries (Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus) in 2014.

According to the document signed on October 29, Russia will import 570,000 tonnes of beef (530,000 tonnes frozen and 40,000 tonnes refrigerated), 430,000 tonnes of pork, including 30,000 tonnes of pork trimmings, 364,000 tonnes of poultry meat, including 14,000 tonnes of turkey meat. The quotas are unchanged from a year earlier.

The quotas for Kazakhstan changed slightly: the import quote for frozen beef in 2014 has risen to 15,400 tonnes (from 15,300 tonnes in 2013) and for poultry meat - to 110,000 tonnes (100,000 tonnes). The quota on pork is unchanged at 9,700 tonnes.

For Belarus, the pork quota has plummeted to 20,000 tonnes (from 47,200 tonnes), although that may be increased to 40,000 tonnes if Belarus imports more than 14,000 tonnes in the first half of the year.

Belarus' poultry meat import quota is unchanged at 10,900 tonnes. No quota on beef imports was set.

The EEC also set Russia's import quota for whey at 15,000 tonnes.

The quotas do not apply to products imported from CIS countries.

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