22 Aug 2023 13:24

EAEU meat import quotas for 2024 unchanged except for Armenia, Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW. Aug 22 (Interfax) - The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has set tariff quotas for meat and whey imports for 2024, leaving them unchanged for all member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) except for Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

A "negative difference between the amounts of production and consumption is expected this year in the amount of 204,500 tonnes of beef, 60,000 tonnes of pork, 210,800 tonnes of poultry meat and 10,350 tonnes of whey," the EEC trade department said in a press release.

For Kazakhstan and Russia, the quotas are set in amounts stipulated in protocols on accession to the World Trade Organization, the release said. For Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, they are set within the bounds of the difference between consumption and production, taking into account the amounts requested by the countries.

The import quota for beef will be 9,000 tonnes for Armenia (11,300 tonnes in 2023); 21,000 tonnes for Kazakhstan; 5,000 tonnes for Kyrgyzstan; and 570,000 tonnes for Russia.

The quota for pork will be 12,000 tonnes for Armenia (7,500 tonnes in 2023); 20,000 tonnes for Belarus; and 2,000 tonnes for Kyrgyzstan (3,000 tonnes in 2023). Russia does not set quotas for pork imports, as under its obligations to the WTO quotas were replaced with a duty of 25% as of 2021.

The quota for poultry imports was left unchanged for all countries, at 39,100 tonnes for Armenia, 10,900 tonnes for Belarus, 140,000 tonnes for Kazakhstan, 58,000 tonnes for Kyrgyzstan and 364,000 tonnes for Russia.

The import quotas for whey will also stay at this year's level. They will be 1,200 tonnes for Armenia and 15,000 tonnes for Russia.