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Argentina looking to Russian poultry import quotas

August 19, 2014, 19:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The country has created a special commission to examine the possibilities of expanding trade turnover with Russia

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MOSCOW, August 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Argentina is interested in receiving Russia’s import quotas for poultry, granted to the European Union before Moscow's ban on western food imports, Russia’s veterinary inspection service Rosselkhoznadzor said on Tuesday after talks with Argentinian ministers.

The country has created a special commission to examine the possibilities of expanding trade turnover with Russia, said First Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Bianco ahead of a session of the Russian-Argentinian intergovernmental commission for trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation in Moscow in September.

Argentina is ready to organize supplies of a wide range of animal and plant products to Russia, including dairy products, cheeses, chocolate and confectionery products, milk powder, wine, macaroni products, fish and seafood, and fruit - mainly citrus fruits, apples and pears, said Argentina's Industry Minister Debora Giorgi. The country also considers supplying breeding animals and genetic material, the minister added.

The Russian agency will examine proposals and guarantees of the Argentinian side within the shortest possible time to expand the list of enterprises interested in supplying animal products to the Russian market, said Rosselkhoznadzor head Sergey Dankvert.

Russia’s import quotas for poultry meat stand at 364,000 tonnes in 2014. This volume includes 100,000 tonnes of frozen boneless chicken meat - 80,000 tonnes of which are imported from the European Union and 20,000 tonnes from other countries, and 14,000 tonnes of turkey meat.

The ban announced on August 7 bars imports of meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28-nation European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway for 12 months in retaliation for sanctions imposed by those nations on Russia over events in Ukraine.

Combined with other import bans imposed earlier this year, the new trade measures cover western imports worth $9.1 billion in 2013, according to Russian customs data.

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