Brazilian companies export meat to Russia

12 August 2014

The health authorities of Russia have authorised 87 Brazilian companies to export beef, pork and poultry to the country, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply announced.

The ministry specified that those Brazilian companies could also export to Belarus and Kazakhstan, which form a customs union along with Russia.

Two other companies specialising in dairy products were also authorised to export their products to the Russian space, in the wake of resolutions implemented last week.

Russia announced several days ago a ban on imports of beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheese, milk, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway.

The United States and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions on Russia due to its involvement in Ukraine and alleged support for pro-Russia rebels in the eastern part of that country.

Along with Hong Kong, Russia is one of the main export destinations of Brazilian beef and pork. In 2013, 303,000 tons of beef and 134,000 tons of pork were exported to that country, worth US$1.2 billion and US$412 million respectively. (macauhub/BR)