Last night (January 29th), Russia closed its borders for European pork in a response to the recent outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Lithuania.
When an outbreak occurs in one of the Member States, Russia is known to immediately ban animal products from the EU.
The closure of the Russian border could have major implications for pig prices across Europe as Russia is one of the most important buyers of European pork.
In 2013 (till November), Russia imported more than 701,000 tons of pork from the 28 EU member states. That is almost a quarter of the total volume of European pork exports. Russia imported in the first 11 months of last year more pork than China, who imported nearly 618,000 tons.
This Thursday, the European Commission will talk to the Russian government about reversing the ban.