Argentina Seeks to Increase Chilled Beef Exports to Russia28 August 2013
ARGENTINA - The Argentine beef industry has appealed to the Russian authorities to allow a substantial increase in their imports of chilled premium beef.
The appeal follows a meeting called by the Argentine beef promotion body with the Russian veterinary agency Rosselkhoznador.
The vice president of the promotion body Mario Ravettino said the Argentine beef industry was ready to submit an extensive list of companies wanting to export to Russia.
He added that Argentina is also looking to extend the shelf-life of its chilled product, which at present is 90 days, through vacuum packaging.
The beef sector in Argentina is looking to export bone-in cuts as well as steaks.
However, the deputy head of Rosselkhoznador, Evgeny Nepoklonov told the Argentine delegations that while Russia is interested in receiving high quality cuts, the prospects for increasing exports to Russia are slim.
He said some key issues needed to be addressed and although negotiations had started in 2010, there are still inconsistencies on the criteria for some products.
He added that because of lack of funding from the Argentine side the studies to look at the storage time for vacuum packed beef had not been completed.
Mr Ravettino said that last year the supply of chilled meat to Russia from Argentina was just over 10 tonnes while the supply of frozen product was more than 9,000 tonnes.
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