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Russia resists ending embargo on meat

Russia has begun to relax its embargo on meat from Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Mato Grosso, without any plans to formally end the ban in place since July 2011, according to sources in Moscow contacted by Valor newspaper.

The Russian government has authorized three slaughterhouses in Paraná to export to its market. And this month a mission of veterinarians visited Mato Grosso and Rio Grande do Sul, which may lead to a resumption of business for some producers.

However, the sources say it is unlikely that Russia will suspend the embargo, because that would mean 30 slaughterhouses in the three Brazilian states would be exporting to the Russian market again.

Brazilian meat exports to Russia were at their peak in 2007 and 2008, and then they began to decline. Besides the embargo on the three states, lots of slaughterhouses from other regions of Brazil have been banned by the Russians. The worst case is in pork, with only one slaughterhouse authorized in Santa Catarina.

From January to June, Russia was the main market for Brazilian pork exports. Sales to the country totaled US$ 201.3 million, 20.4% more than in the same period of 2012, accounting for nearly 32% of total revenue.

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