Russia's export officials say the country will cut its poultry import quotas by another 100,000 metric tons in 2009. That would bring the total cut to 300,000 tons, reports The Moscow Times.
Most of Russia's poultry imports come from the United States. In 2008, 870,000 metric tons of U.S. poultry headed for Russian markets. That amount made up most of the country's designated 1.2 million-metric-ton quota.
"We already reached an agreement with American producers to cut [the quotas] by 200,000 tons, but the state considers this insufficient," says Viktor Zubkov, Russia's first deputy prime minister. "In this way we will give Russian producers the ability to increase their production by approximately the same amount in 2009."
The Russian Agriculture Ministry had elected to limit its 2009 poultry import quotas as of September. That announcement included the 200,000-ton cut, which is 17 percent of Russia's import volume.
Zubkof also points to pork as another product that could face possible cuts. He notes that while the Russian government wants to reduce pork-import quotas, it has not yet determined how much it might cut.
Whether poultry or pork, whatever product doesn't arrive in Russia will need to find another home, and that could include placing more product on the U.S. market, thereby increasing competition within the poultry and meat sector.