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Russian meat producers say they will back the government's opposition to the EU

Russia to fight EU retaliatory duty bid over pigmeat ban

By Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia; and Keith Nuthall

The Russian government will fight an application by the European Union (EU) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for permission to impose retaliatory trade sanctions worth €1.39 billion over Moscow’s ban on EU pork and pigs.

Mercosur talks haven't progressed as far along as some parties may have hoped

EU talks with Mercosur stall

By Oscar Rousseau

A political agreement outlining major points of a free trade deal between Mercosur and the EU has stalled, disappointing Brazilians who had hoped to wrap it up this week.

The EU had been expected to make a statement on its implementation plans this week

Europe accepts WTO chicken defeat with China

By Oscar Rousseau

The EU will amend import rules for Chinese chicken after a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel sided against the European bloc in a trade quarrel that stretches back two years.

The WTO ruled against Russia for the second time in the pork ban dispute

Russia loses appeal over EU pork import ban

By Oscar Rousseau

Russia has lost its appeal against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling over its blanket ban on imports of pigs and pork products from the European Union (EU).

More than 700 people marched to protest EU poultry import dumping

EU hits out at South Africa's poultry dumping protest

By Oscar Rousseau

The European Commission has expressed concern after hundreds of people protested in Pretoria, South Africa, against EU poultry dumping that has forced profit-hit chicken processors to cut jobs. 

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US reignites trade battle with EU over beef imports

By Louis Gore-Langton

US trade representatives have heeded calls from the country’s meat industry to act on ‘unfair and discriminatory’ rules on US beef imports to the EU – threatening to reopen a 20 year dispute and put sanctions on European products.

Russia's market has been closed to all EU pork products since 2014

WTO sets deadline to resolve Russia’s EU pork ban

By Oscar Rousseau

A final decision on Russia’s toxic and long-running trade ban on EU pork exports is set to be published within the next six weeks, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Over $100m worth of EU beef exported to the US with face higher tariffs

Top news stories from the festive holiday

By Oscar Rousseau

US tariffs on European Union (EU) meat exports, mergers and a string of avian influenza outbreaks are just some of the biggest stories you may have missed over the holiday season.

Russia is to appeal against the WTO ruling on its pork exports

Russia may appeal WTO ruling on EU pig and pork exports

By Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia; and Keith Nuthall

By the end of this month (September) the Russian government will appeal the recent ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opposing Russia’s swine fever-related ban on European Union (EU) exports of pigs, pigmeat and related products, according to...

Picture: WTO. From L-R: John Breckenridge (WTO, Financial Management Service), Melvin Spreij (STDF Unit), Walter Werner (German Mission Geneva, WTO-Ambassador), Evan Rogerson (WTO, director of agriculture and commodities division), Nthisana Phillips, (WTO, director of administration and general services division); Stephan Rudolph (German Mission Geneva, agricultural affairs officer).

German donation helps WTO members boost food safety

By Joseph James Whitworth

Germany has pledged €150,000 (CHF 164,000) to help the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) poorest members implement food safety so they can actively participate in world trade.

The European Commission branded Russia's ban of EU pigmeat exports protectionist

EC welcomes WTO verdict on Russia's EU pork ban

By Keith Nuthall

The European Commission (EC) has welcomed a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling opposing Russia’s bans on EU exports of pigs, pigmeat and related products, imposed during 2014 because of outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF). 

Washington alleges that China has flouted international trading laws

China angry with US over WTO poultry dispute

By Keith Nuthall

China is upset with the US after it asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to check if China complied with a 2013 order to reform its anti-dumping duties on chicken broiler products.

Before Russia's EU pork ban, the country was worth €1.4bn to pig producers in Europe

Russian import ban extension slammed

By Liz Newmark, in Brussels

Russia’s plan to extend its import ban to a range of EU, US, Canadian, Australian and Norwegian food exporters until December 31, 2017 has been met with criticism from the meat industry.

Kazakhstan's capital city Astana

Kazakhstan eases Ukraine meat import restrictions

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Kazakhstan has lifted restrictions on eight livestock companies in Ukraine, following negotiations with a delegation from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the issue, according to the country’s Economic Development Ministry.

World Trade win for EU against Russia on pork

EU secures WTO panel against Russia pigmeat ban

By Keith Nuthall

The European Union (EU) has today (23 July) forced the creation of a disputes panel at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which will examine the legality under world trade law of Russia’s ban on imports of EU live pigs, pork and other pig products.

EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India


EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India

By RJ Whitehead

The US and EU have called on the World Trade Organisation to make the provision of full information on India’s food subsidy programme a precondition before they can begin negotiations on how to tackle the issue of legitimising food procurement subsidies.

International meat bodies welcome new global trade deal

International meat trade bodies welcome new WTO global deal

By Keith Nuthall

The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has welcomed the striking of a new global trade deal by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which should ease import and customs procedures that can slow the delivery of meat and livestock to export customers.

Canada and EU have signed a free trade agreement

Canada reveals detail of EU FTA

By Keith Nuthall

The Canadian government has made clear the scale of the European Union (EU) market access secured for Canadian meat exporters within the free trade agreement struck between the EU and Canada.

The EC has clarified its stance on SPS negotiations with the US

EC reveals position on TTIP

By Carina Perkins

The European Commission (EC) has taken the unprecedented step of publishing position papers on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, revealing its stance on the contentious issue of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) barriers.

Russia moves to ban US meat

Russia moves to ban US meat

By Rod Addy

Russia is moving to ban US meat imports in the row over instances of contamination with ractopamine, a growth promoting chemical banned in Russia, with more contaminated consignments detected.

EU hiding bluetongue virus, says Russia

Russia claims EU deception over bluetongue

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The EU has been hiding outbreaks of a dangerous strain of the bluetongue virus, grossly violating veterinary rules and World Trade Organization (WTO) responsibilities, Russian veterinary authorities have claimed.

Russian pig investment undeterred by WTO accession

Russian pig investment undeterred by WTO accession

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its impact on the pork market will not stop the country’s major agricultural holdings from investing in huge pig production projects, according to experts.

Russia to restore tariff on live pig imports

Russia to restore tariff on live pig imports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade has prepared a draft government resolution “on measures to protect Russian pig farming”, which includes a 35% increase on duty on imports of live pigs from the EU.

Russia and India top poultry production rise

Russia and India top poultry production rise

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia and India were the most rapidly developing countries in terms of production of poultry meat in 2011, according to estimates from leading Russian analytical agency Agroru.


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