The Russian Economic Development Ministry announced that it has raised its 2009 import quota for pork to 531,900 metric tons from 493,500 metric tons in 2008, according to media reports.

The U.S. share of the 2009 pork import quota was increased to 100,000 metric tons from 40,300 metric tons in 2008. The ministry also said it will raise the import duty for pork imported over the quota level to 75 percent of the contract price.

As previously reported, Russia has reduced its poultry import quota to 952,000 metric tons from 1.212 million metric tons in 2008. The import duty for poultry imported over the government-set import quota goes up to 95 percent of the contract price from 60 percent.