USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack reports that U.S. pork shipments to Russia should resume sometime within the next week. This more specific timeline comes in response to the two countries’ trade negotiations occurring earlier in the month.
Dow Jones reports that under the new protocol, U.S. exporters must demonstrate that their pork does not contain antibiotics that are banned by Russia. Major U.S. suppliers, such as Smithfield and Tyson, have been approved to resume trade with Russia.
A timeline or process has not yet been secured for U.S. poultry exports. But reports are that U.S. and Russian officials are close to reaching an agreement to resuming that trade as well. The Interfax news agency reported Gennady Onishchenko, head of Russia’s consumer protection watchdog, said both sides are working on finalizing details and could soon meet to sign a formal agreement.