Russia: protectionism to reduce pig imports
By imposing protectionist measures, Russia aims to cut imports of pigs for
slaughter and protect domestic breeders, Sergey Mitin, the Russian deputy
minister for agriculture has announced.
"The ministry believes it necessary to set the tariff
rate at no less than 35%," Mitin said. "Imported pigs meant for slaugthering
represent direct competition to domestic production."Number of
Russia has made agriculture a national priority. Since two years,
the number of pigs in Russia has indeed been on the rise again.
deputy minister said that in 2006 his country imported about 370,000 head of
live animals, predominantly pigs. Live pig imports are liable to a tariff rate
of 5% of their customs value.For the latest
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