Russia considers opening poultry trade with Thailand
After granting clearance to two Thai pork plants, Russia states it may consider products from Thai poultry plants
Russia is considering granting poultry plants from Thailand clearance to export their products into Russia. The consideration follows a decision by Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance, to allow two pork plants in Thailand to export to the country.
Rosselkhoznadzor recently held talks in Moscow with Thai officials to discuss further trade opportunities. It was determined that at a later date some poultry plants, as well as some fish and seafood plants, could become eligible for trade with Russia. Thai negotiators also stated that it could establish an office of Thai competent authorities in Moscow with the aim of immediate solutions of problems relevant to the provision of the safety of products imported into the Russian territory.
Russia has been looking for additional trade partners since the country’s government implemented trade bans concerning agricultural products from many of the world’s leading markets. On August 6, following a decree from President Vladimir Putin, Russia implemented a ban of pork, poultry and other food products from the United States, Canada, Australia, the European Union and Norway.
The Thai pork plants given clearance were Bangkla Pig Slaughter House and Betagro Safety Meat Packing. Under the agreement, an expert from Rosselkhoznadzor that has been assigned to Thailand will control production and shipment of pork products intended for the Russian market. The assigned expert will oversee the processes for the purpose of provision of additional safety guarantees.