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Russia Will Reduce Pork, Poultry Import Quotas on WTO, RIA Says

October 24, 2011

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Russia will reduce pork and poultry import quotas after it gains entry to the World Trade Organization, RIA Novosti said, citing Andrei Slepnyov, the country’s deputy economy minister.

Russia, the largest economy outside the global trade arbiter, has sought entry since 1993, exceeding China’s 15-year wait for membership. Georgia, a WTO member with which Russia fought a five-day war in 2008, must now resolve bilateral objections to Russia’s accession.

Pork quotas will be 320,000 metric tons in 2012 and frozen chicken and turkey quotas will both be 80,000 tons, the state news agency reported today. Import quotas for beef, set at 30,000 tons, will not be changed, according to the agency.

This year’s quotas were 472,100 tons for pork, 530,000 tons for cattle meat, 30,000 tons for chilled beef, and 350,000 tons for frozen poultry.

--Editors: Sharon Lindores, Dan Weeks

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow msysoyeva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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