Brazilian official fails to lift Russia meat ban

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Sep 27, 2004
by WLJ
A Brazilian government delegation came away emptied handed from meetings with Russian authorities to convince them to lift a ban on Brazilian meat imports following an outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease (HMD) in the Amazon region, Brazil's agriculture ministry said last Thursday.
"They were very firm and gave no indication of when the embargo may end," said Agriculture Minister Roberto Rodrigues.
One of the biggest importers of Brazilian pork, chicken and beef, Russia announced the ban Friday, after Brazil confirmed that outbreak of the disease September 10, near the jungle city of Manaus.
The government was confident the mission to Moscow would get the ban lifted as the Amazon region does not export beef, chicken or pork. Indeed, it is over 3,000 kilometers away from the nearest exporting region.
The mission supplied Russian officials with information on the latest outbreak, but the only concession was to allow Brazilian shipments sitting at port to be unloaded. Brazil will lose $4 million a day with the ban, officials estimate.
This is the second time this year Russia has prohibited Brazilian meat imports. An embargo was imposed in June after a similar HMD outbreak in a remote part of the Amazon state of Para. Russia lifted that ban in August after Brazil agreed to export no meat from Para or the neighboring state of Mato Grosso for 12 months.
The Russian embargo caused local pork prices to fall by around 10-15 percent last week, local traders said. — Alastair Stewart, Dow Jones Newswires
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