Russian poultry body asks for restriction on Belarusian imports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

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Russian poultry body asks for restriction on Belarusian imports

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The Russian Union of Poultry Producers (Rosptitsesoyuz) has sent a request to the government demanding that it restricts poultry imports from Belarus, which it claims has violated trade agreements.

In particular, Rosptitsesoyuz noted that Belarusian manufacturers were exporting five times more poultry to Russia than agreed on the food balance sheet signed by the two countries, which put poultry imports at a maximum of 15,000 tonnes (t).

Galina Bobyleva, general director of Rosptitsesoyuz, said: “We ask to limit the supplies, as the balance sheet exists and the parties must follow it. In Russia the domestic production of poultry meat is rising, and imported production, which is a third cheaper than domestic production, threatens losses to Russian manufacturers.

“According to the budgeted balance sheet for 2011, Belarus was to export only 15,000t of chicken to Russia, but it exported nearly 75,000t, resulting in Belarus becoming the second-largest exporter of poultry meat to Russia after the USA.”

Bobyleva stated that the violation of trade agreements had continued in the beginning of 2012. “During the first quarter of 2012, Belarus shipped 35,000t of poultry meat to Russia,”​ she added.

However, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) believes Russia has no right to restrict the supply of agricultural products from its partners in the Customs Union.

“Quotas are often provided in balance figures of mutual trade. In today’s model, the forecast balance is on the plans for the parties, which allows them to ensure mutual supplies of agricultural commodities. So the requests of some groups of producers to restrict trade, based on these figures, are destructive and contrary not only to the basic agreements on the establishment of a common economic space, but also the principles of fair competition,”​ said the director of the Department of Agrarian Policy of the EEC Hadejda Kotkovets.

Experts also pointed out that, in this case, Russia itself may be subject to certain trade sanctions.

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