Russia’s ban on imports includes organic products

The recent ban Russia has established on certain agriculture products from the United States covers categories that include organic versions of prohibited imports. USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service released the following statement: “On August 6, 2014, Russia issued an order banning certain agricultural imports from the United States, the EU-28, Canada, Australia, and Norway for one year. The products banned include beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood products, fruits and nuts, vegetables, and some sausages and most prepared foods. In calendar year 2013, the United States shipped $1.3 billion of agricultural and related food products (including fish and forestry products), and of this amount approximately 55 percent are products now restricted.” OTA recognizes this ban can present unique challenges for our members. We want to know if you are impacted by this moratorium. If you are currently shipping products to Russia, contact Monique Marez, OTA’s Senior International Trade Manager. Our goal is to develop a running list of affected organic businesses to share with FAS and NOP as the ban continues. For more information please visit: Russia | USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply