Officials from Brazil and Russia expressed a mutual desire to pursue mutual trade opportunities for meat and poultry products during a recent meeting.

According to Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance, Sergey Dankvert, head of Rosselkhoznadzor, and Tatiana Palmero, secretary for Agribusiness International Relations, Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, took part in negotiations on September 15 to discuss mutual supplies of animal products.

In particular, it was noted that Russian producers are interested in the export of poultry meat, pork and beef to Brazil, and that it was ready to receive Brazilian inspectors for inspection of the Russian establishments intending to export their products to Brazil.

Russia has been looking at Brazil as a potential market for meat and poultry trade since 2014, when the country implemented trade bans on products from the U.S., Canada, European Union, Australia and Norway for political reasons. The ban was renewed in August 2015.

Trade of fish and casings progressing

It was also discussed that progress was being made in ensuring the safety of Russian fish products exported to the Brazilian food market. As a result, Brazilian experts will inspect Russian establishments interested in exporting such products to Brazil through October 4.

It was also agreed between the two countries that expert consultations would take place to finalize the protocol on ensuring the safety of Brazilian casings imported to Russia.