USMEF Exporter Update
The major exporting countries included in the embargo were the U.S., Canada, and the EU. But Russia had already suspended pork imports from the EU (historically its largest supplier) in January 2014 due to African swine fever (ASF) in EU member countries Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Canada was most impacted, as Russia had become its third-largest export market behind the U.S. and Japan.
With few other suppliers eligible to serve the Russian market, Brazil was providing nearly 90 percent of Russia’s imported pork, with the remainder supplied by Belarus, Chile and Argentina.
But on Dec. 1, 2017, Russia suspended imports of Brazilian red meat due to detection of beta agonist residues. It is not yet clear how long imports from Brazil will be banned.