Russia has raised its 2008 U.S. pork import quota to 49,800 metric tons from 49,000 according to Interfax News Agency.  The country will also raise its U.S. poultry imports to 901,400 metric tons from 871,400. It also raised its U.S. frozen beef quota to 18,300 metric tons from 18,100.

The quota for fresh and refrigerated beef imports from all sources was set at 28,900 metric tons, compared with 28,300 in 2007. The European Union share of that quota was set at 28,400 metric tons, leaving only 500 metric tons to be shared by other exporting countries.

Interfax also said Russia lowered duties on beef imports and raised them on imports of pork and poultry above the tariff-rate quota. The duty on imports of fresh, chilled and frozen beef above the tariff-rate quota is set at 30 percent of the customs value, but no less than 0.3 euro per kilo. In 2007, the rate was 40 percent, but no less than 0.4 euro per kilo.

The duty on imports of fresh, chilled and frozen pork has been raised to 60 percent of the customs value, but no less than one euro per kilo, from 50 percent, but no less than 0.83 euro per kilo. The duty on imports of poultry and poultry by-products has been raised to 60 percent, but no less than 0.48 euro per kilo from 50 percent, but no less than 0.4 euro per kilo.

Source: Meatingplace.com