Russian ban on Polish pork may be lifted
The 17th month-long embargo by Moscow on Polish meat
imports may be lifted in the near future.
Russia is sending inspectors in the company of EU experts to Polish meat
production facilities. The ban was originally enforced as Moscow felt health
standards were not being maintained and the Polish government had failed to deal
Vital trading partner
25% of Poles work in agriculture
with half a million pig farmers alone. As a result of the ban, Poland lost 6% of
its export market, but did succeed in sourcing new markets, but Russia still
remains a vital trading partner.
The meat industry maintains that international standards are being met.
According to Witold Choinski of the Association of Polish Meat Importers and
Exporters, Poland's meat sector has invested €2b in modernising the industry
during the preparations for EU accession.
It is still believed that background to the
ban was Moscow's attempt to punish Poland for not allowing Russian pipelines
through the country and for allowing Poland to be a contender for a U.S.
Association of Polish Meat Importers and Exporters
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