FDBusiness.com

Irish pig meat exporters may finally have access again to Russian market

 Breaking News
  • Florette Further Expands its UK Business In line with its strategy to be a major player within the UK fresh produce category, Florette UK & Ireland (part of the French Agrial group) has acquired the Wigan site of MyFresh Prepared Produce, a producer of a wide range of salad and vegetable products. MyFresh, Wigan, which employs almost 300 people and was [...]...
  • FrieslandCampina Simplifies its Organisation Royal FrieslandCampina intends to simplify its organizational structure into four to be set up global business groups – Consumer Dairy, Specialised Nutrition, Ingredients and Basic Dairy. A less complex structure will enable FrieslandCampina to more decisively respond to the market developments and to innovate better with respect to strategic priorities. The objective of the new [...]...
  • Heineken’s Acquisition of Punch is Cleared The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accepted proposals by Heineken to resolve concerns over its £402.7 million acquisition of Punch Taverns, one of the UK’s largest leased pub companies, with a portfolio of more than 3,500 pubs nationwide. In June, the CMA said that Heineken’s proposed purchase of part of the Punch Taverns estate [...]...
  • Changing Consumer Tastes Drive Long-term Global Sugar Market Slowdown The consumers’ shift away from sugar consumption is an important driver behind significant changes in the food and beverage industry. These changes will have long-term ramifications, including a likely slowdown in the worldwide sugar market, according to the latest report of Rabobank ‘Sweetness and Lite’. A combination of changing preferences, product reformulations and government pressure have [...]...
  • How is the Rise of E-Commerce Changing the Role of Physical Stores? The rise of the internet has allowed retailers to directly connect with consumers from beyond the physical store revolutionising the competitive space more than ever. The world recently saw the acquisition of Amazon and Whole Foods which sent shock waves through the retail industry. This unforeseen merger has put retailers under pressure more than ever [...]...
  • SPX FLOW Appoints Pierre Sbabo as Vice President, Food and Beverage in EMEA SPX FLOW has announced the appointment of Pierre Sbabo as the Vice President of its Food and Beverage business in EMEA. He comes from a strong background in the water and process technology markets with truly international experience. With a Master’s Degree in Marketing and International Business from ESC Chambery, Sbabo has worked for global leaders [...]...

Irish pig meat exporters may finally have access again to Russian market

August 23
11:10 2016

pigsMuch to the joy of Irish pig producers  the World Trade Organization (WTO)  has  declared the Russian import ban on live pigs, fresh pork and other pig products illegal.

Russia imposed the ban on EU pig products more than two years ago in early 2014 following a limited number of African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in the EU close to the Belarus border.

A WTO panel has now ruled that Russia’s refusal to accept imports of certain EU products and the adapt EU-Russia import certificates accordingly amounts to an EU-wide import ban, and violates the world trade rules.

Pig production ranks third in importance behind beef and dairy in terms of economic value at the farm gate in Ireland. Much of this product prior to 2014 was destined for the Russian and Chinese markets. Since the Russian import ban in 2014, exports to Russia have dropped from   1300 tons to zero. Fortunately the Chinese market expanded by 41 percent in 2015 and is now one of Ireland’s main export markets.

Rosderra, Irelands largest pig meat producer, exported an estimated 40, 000 tonnes of pork produce to China last year, which accounted for between 13percent and 15precent of their total output.

While Britain remains the primary export market for Irish pork and bacon, and Chinese urban population continues to buy pork as their primary protein source and will provide significant growth over the next ten years, a reopening of the Russia market will provide a much needed alternative to exports to Britain as the Brexit market access issues unfold. In fact Russia is the larger global importer of pig meat importer, importing close to 200,000 tons of pork compared to the 150,000 tons imported by China per annum.

The WTO ruling  sends a “strong signal” to Russia, and all WTO members, about their obligation to respect international standards The ruling confirms that the measures taken by Russia against the EU have little to do with any real sanitary or health risks. EU products are safe and there is thus no need for any country to maintain unjustified import restrictions.

Whether Putin and his politburo colleagues will comply with the recommendation remains to be seen.

The pig meat ban  arose  initially as a political  counter measure  over the Crimea annexation  by Russian rather than a genuine food safety concern , hence it  is unlikely that the Russian government will  comply without  the UN sanctions imposed by the EU and the US  being lifted .

Already EU sources have stated that Russia has sent a list of demands, including removing Russian agriculture minister Alexander Tkatchev from the EU travel blacklist as a condition for lifting the pig meat ban.

About Author

admin

admin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • September 11, 2017drinktec
  • September 13, 2017FI Asia
  • September 19, 2017PROCESS EXPO 2017
  • September 22, 2017Global Summit on Food & Beverages
AEC v1.0.4

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

Advertisements