Russia mulls poultry, pork import quota cuts
According to the Associated Press, Russia could cut poultry and pork import quotas by hundreds of thousands of tons, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said recently. Domestic producers could meet the shortfall in supply of the meats, likely to include poultry imports. Last month, Russian and U.S. lobbyists agreed in principle to a cut in poultry imports into Russia from 2009. Any substantial cuts would likely have a significant impact on U.S. poultry producers, such as Sanderson Farms Inc. and Pilgrim''s Pride Corp., for whom Russia is the biggest market. They supply nearly 75 percent of the total poultry import quota set by Russia, which stands at 1.2 million tons. Overall, poultry imports account for nearly 40 percent of Russia''s total consumption, and pork around 30 percent.