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Thank You China and also to all the BRICS sovereign nations ...... The EU countries can now
send their produce to the United States .... Ha Ha Ha!!!!

And when Russia retaliates after three phases of sanctions by the EU member countries - whose
EU leaders are being BLACKMAILED by the US NSA  - EU is trying to bring their complaints to the
WTO ...Ha Ha Ha!!!!

China Opens Up Flow of Fruits and Vegetables to Russia

  • The Moscow Times
  • Aug. 11 2014 20:25
  • Last edited 20:26

A Chinese company is opening a special customs zone for direct exports of fruits and vegetables to Russia, jumping to fill the void left by Russia's ban on a series of food imports from the European Union and other opponents of its policies in Ukraine last week.

The zone, which resembles a wholesale market on a territory of 70,000 square meters, will enable Chinese company Baorong to export fruits and vegetables directly across the Russian-Chinese border, Interfax reported Thursday.

Investment in the project totaled 60 million yuan ($9.7 million), the report said. Another Chinese firm, Dili, intends to set up a similar zone in the region by the end of the year.

Last week, the Russian government banned imports of fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish from countries that have imposed sanctions on Moscow over its policy in Ukraine, including the European Union, which previously provided more than a third of Russia's agricultural imports, according to the European Commission.

The Russian government was looking into alternative suppliers of the sanctioned products even before the bans were announced and has already seen some success with Latin America.

On Thursday, Russia's state agricultural watchdog, the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service, held talks with representatives of Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Chile in an attempt to increase food imports from Latin America.

The response seemed positive: Argentinian meat producers said shortly afterward that they were interested in meeting Russia's demand for meat, RIA Novosti reported.

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Russia's Food Ban Against EU, U.S. Provides Huge Opportunity for Brazil

ReutersAug. 08 2014 10:48 Last edited 10:50

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters
A vendor sells meat at the city market in St.Petersburg.
SAO PAULO/BRASILIA — Russia's ban on many Western food products presents a massive opportunity for meat and grain exports from agricultural powerhouse Brazil and a smaller one for its Latin American neighbors.

About 90 new meat plants in Brazil were immediately approved to export beef, chicken and pork to Russia and the South American nation is already working to increase its exports of corn and soybeans sales to Russian buyers, Brazil's secretary of agricultural policy, Seneri Paludo, said Thursday.

Brazil's enthusiasm for Russia comes as Moscow's relations with the rest of the West are at Cold War-era lows. Russia banned all imports of U.S. food products and certain goods from the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered retaliation for sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

In a further snub to Washington, U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was granted a three-year residence permit in Russia, his lawyer said Thursday. Brazil's relations with Washington also cooled after revelations last year that the U.S. spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's personal e-mails.

Russia's government met with various Latin American embassies on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of looking for more food providers in the wake of the its ban on many Western products, the head of Chile's Direcon trade body said Thursday.

As the world's top exporter of beef, chicken and soybeans, and one of the only countries in the world with land available to ramp up agricultural production, Brazil is a clear winner from the embargo. But smaller countries like Argentina and Chile could benefit, too.

"Russia has huge potential as a consumer of agricultural commodities," Paludo told journalists in Brasilia, comparing the "window" opened by the embargo to the "revolution" that Brazil's exports experienced when China's commodities market opened a decade ago.

Beef products topped Brazil's exports to Russia in the first six months of the year, Brazilian trade data showed. Brazil ships the vast majority of its soybeans to China and sent just 352,849 tonnes of soy to Russia between January and June.

The president of Brazil's animal protein association ABPA said Wednesday that Brazil could cover U.S. chicken exports to Russia and would increase exports by 150,000 tonnes per year, though increasing pork exports would be harder.

Hong Kong replaced Russia as the top buyer of Brazilian beef in 2013 but beef association Abiec said exports to Russia "were certain to rise" in the second half of the year.

Brazil's other agricultural exports to Russia include sugar, coffee, orange juice and bananas. In 2013, agricultural exports to Russia were worth $2.72 billion.

Moscow Stocking Up
In Moscow on Thursday, the middle and upper classes browsed through aisles neatly stacked with French cheeses, Australian wines and Spanish cured meats, in what may mark a last chance to stock up on all luxury goods except caviar for at least a year while the import ban lasts.

Chile, a possible alternative for European fruit, exported $643 million of goods to Russia in 2013, mainly processed foods,salmon and fruit, according to Direcon data. However, seasonal variations — the southern hemisphere is in mid-winter — may make full replacement tricky, fruit exporters said.

Chilean salmon producers are "prepared to satisfy the increase in demand in this market, or any other, in particular Russia," said Felipe Manterola, head of leading industry group SalmonChile.

Sergio Mendes, director for Brazil's cereal exporter's association Anec, said Brazil would need "a good bilateral agreement" with Russia before grain exporting companies would ship significant quantities of soy and corn there.

"The main barriers are relating to crop pests and bureaucracy," he said. Only a few specialized companies were currently exporting soy to Russia, Mendes said, though he acknowledged that Brazil is perhaps the only country that could substantially increase production if Russia's demand peaks.

Grain traders in Argentina said Brazil would benefit most from the food bans, though there may be a residual impact for Argentine commodities if Brazilian supplies are not enough to satisfy Russia's need for grains, which they said was unlikely.

"The biggest opportunities will likely be for oils and meals rather than grains, but we think that Russia will turn to Brazil as a supplier first, given that Brazil is part of BRICS," said one trader, referring to the economic bloc that also includes Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Russia has only bought small amounts of Argentine soymeal and soybeans in recent years, according to data from the agriculture ministry.

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Russia Bans Food Imports From U.S., EU, Australia, Canada, Norway

ReutersAug. 07 2014 13:01 Last edited 13:01

Sergei Porter / Vedomosti
A shop assistant helps an old woman near the milk and dairy section in a Moscow store.
Moscow imposed a total ban on imports of many Western foods on Thursday in retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine, a stronger than expected measure that isolates Russian consumers from world trade to a degree unseen since Soviet days.

Russian share prices fell after the announcement of Moscow's one-year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the U.S., the 28 EU countries, Canada, Australia and non-EU member Norway.

Russia bought $43 billion worth of food last year. It has become by far the biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables, the second biggest buyer of U.S. poultry and a major global consumer of fish, meat and dairy.

President Vladimir Putin ordered his government on Wednesday to adopt the measures to retaliate against Western countries who imposed sanctions on Russia's defense, oil and financial sectors over its support for rebels waging an insurrection in east Ukraine.

He had promised to ensure that the measures would not hurt Russian consumers, which suggested he might exclude some popular products. But in the end, the bans announced by his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, mentioned no exceptions.

The announcement saw Russian bond yields rise to their highest levels in years and Moscow's already reeling share prices extend a sell-off.

Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov acknowledged that the measures would cause a short-term spike in inflation, but said he did not see a danger in the medium or long term. He said Russia would compensate with more imports of products from other suppliers such as Brazilian meat and New Zealand cheese.

The EU's executive commission said it reserved the right to take action to retaliate against the Russian ban.

Farmers in specific sectors in Western producing countries are likely to suffer, but much of the pain will be borne by Russians, who will face higher prices and shortages of some goods, with inflation already rising, the ruble falling and the economy hurt by capital flight.

"The first casualties would be the domestic market. However, it will have some implications for the farmers in the producing countries," Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, said.

Russians have relished imported food since the fall of the Soviet Union, when year-round supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables arrived and ubiquitous cheap American frozen chicken quarters became known as "Bush's legs" after the then-president.

The nascent middle class in Moscow, which buys Italian cheese and American beef at supermarkets, will take a hit, but so will ordinary people who buy Polish apples and Greek cucumbers in street markets. Russia bought 28 percent of EU fruit exports and 21.5 percent of its vegetables in 2011. It bought 8 percent of U.S. chicken meat exports last year.

Moscow may also ban Western airlines from flying transit routes over its air space, a measure that would cost European airlines money by burning extra fuel to avoid Russia on flights to Asia, but would also deprive Moscow of hundreds of millions of dollars in overflight fees.

Western countries imposed initially mild sanctions on Russia after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March, but tightened them after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over pro-Russian rebel-held territory in east Ukraine on July 17.

The latest Western measures limit access by Russian state banks to global capital markets and also block imports of defense and oil industry equipment.

Washington and Brussels say the Malaysian airliner was almost certainly shot down by an advanced anti-aircraft missile system supplied to the rebels by Russia. Moscow denies this.

The disaster galvanized politicians, particularly in Europe, who had previously been reluctant to take strong action against a big trading partner.

Dutch inspectors are trying to examine the site to investigate the cause of the disaster and recover any remains of the personal effects and bodies of the 298 victims of the crash. Their visit has been hampered by fighting in the area, which is near the road linking the two main rebel bastions Donetsk and Luhansk near the Russian frontier.

Kiev said it would lift a ceasefire imposed in the area as long as the Dutch had halted their work. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said seven more Ukrainian service members had been killed in the past day of fighting.

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Netherlands takes hit from Russia import ban - Dutch media

World  August 08, 20:14 UTC+4

THE HAGUE, August 08, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s ban on produce from Western countries has already negatively affected the Netherlands, local media reported on Friday.

Dutch leading financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad said nearly 300 trucks carrying vegetables and fruit from the Netherlands had already been refused entry at the Russian border.

State broadcaster NOS reported a fall in prices at a vegetable wholesale market in the town of Zaltbommel. A trader told NOS television he had bought spinach for 30 euro cents a kilo.

“On Wednesday, the price was 1.10 euros per kilogram,” he was quoted as saying. “No grower can live with that.”

The drop in prices affects not only the produce exported to Russia, NOS said. Other produce, such as cauliflowers, is also suffering.

“There is produce we do not export to Russia but other European countries do,” another buyer told NOS television. “If they cannot sell to Russia, there is saturation of the whole European market and prices fall everywhere.”

On Thursday, Russia announced suspension of billions of dollars in food imports from Norway, Canada, Australia, the United States and the 28-nation European Union in retaliation for sanctions imposed by those nations in recent weeks.

The ban, targeting all beef, pork, fish, fruit, vegetables and dairy products over the next 12 months, is expected to seriously affect Western economies.

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.

The European Union will feel much of the loss. Exports of sanctioned products from the EU to Russia were worth $6.5 billion last year. Norway exported about $1.2 billion in food and agricultural goods to Russia, the United States $843.8 million, Canada $373.6. Australian agricultural exports to Russia amounted to $182 million.

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Poland Feels Pain of Russia Sanctions

By Peter Laca and Radoslav Tomek  Aug 7, 2014 6:00 AM GMT+0800  10 Comments  Email  Print

Escalating trade restrictions between Russia and the U.S. and its allies over Ukraine are inflicting more pain on Poland than on other major economies in the European Union’s east because of its stronger trade ties with Russia, according to Citigroup Inc.

The CHART OF THE DAY shows the purchasing managers’ index for Poland, the largest of the EU’s post-Communist states, fell for a fifth consecutive month in July, decoupling from the Czech Republic and Hungary, the two next-biggest economies in central Europe. An index reading above 50 suggests an expansion of manufacturing performance, while a reading below 50 indicates a contraction in output.

Though Poland has been among the EU’s strongest supporters of increased sanctions against Russia for its role in the bloody Ukrainian conflict, the nation is more vulnerable than other countries that have joined the EU since 2004. Russia has countered Poland’s lobbying in Brussels with bans against Polish fruits and vegetables as of August, hurting producers.

“Poland’s relatively strong links to Russia have made it the only country in the region significantly affected by what’s going on with Russia and Ukraine,” Piotr Kalisz, an economist at Citigroup’s Polish unit Bank Handlowy SA, said on Aug. 4. “What differentiates Poland from the Czech Republic and Hungary is basically that Poland is more dependent on Russia and Ukraine in terms of exports.”

Russia was the destination for 5.5 percent of Poland’s exports last year, compared with a share of about 3 percent for the Czech Republic and Hungary, according to Citigroup calculations. Exports to Russia dropped 8.3 percent in the first five months of 2014 in zloty terms, data released by the Polish statistics office shows.

Poland needs to apply “as soon as possible” for EU compensation to local growers hurt by the Russian import ban on fruits and vegetables, Economy Minister Janusz Piechocinski said in a TVN24 BiS interview on Aug. 5. The ban may cut by half Polish food exports to Russia, which would otherwise have totaled about $1.6 billion this year, Piechocinski said.

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Russians food embargo has ‘serious consequences’ for Australian dairy


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Murray Goulburn chief executive Gary Helou shows Prime Minister Tony Abbott the dairy co-
Murray Goulburn chief executive Gary Helou shows Prime Minister Tony Abbott the dairy co-operative’s new plant at Laverton North in Victoria. Picture: Gregory Scullin Source: News Corp Australia
RUSSIA has introduced a “full embargo” on most food imports from Australia, the EU, US and other Western countries that imposed sanctions against Moscow over its policy on Ukraine.

Gary Helou, chief executive of Australia’s biggest dairy company,Murray Goulburn, last night warned that the Russian food ban would have grave consequences for Australia’s dairy industry.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the embargo, introduced yesterday, would affect imports of beef, pork, fruit and vegetable produce, poultry, fish, cheese, milk and dairy products from the EU, US, Australia, Canada and Norway.

The ban comes after a decree on Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin on countermeasures to Western sanctions.

Mr Medvedev said Russia was also considering banning Western carriers from flying over Russia on flights to and from Asia.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the embargo was “disappointing” but assured Australian agricultural producers the government would do “everything in its power” to minimise the effect through new trade agreements and the opening up of alternative markets for their produce.

“It is disappointing that Russia has acted in a retaliatory manner rather than respond to international concern by halting the supply of heavy weapons to the separatists, including the surface-to-air missile systems believed to have been used in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that resulted in the tragic deaths of 38 citizens and residents of Australia,” Ms Bishop said last night.

Yesterday’s embargo went into effect immediately and will last a year unless “our partners demonstrate a constructive approach towards co-operation” with regard to sanctioning Russia, Mr Medvedev said.

Mr Helou said Australian dairy exports to Russia were growing fast, and were expected to pass the $100million market value this year.

Murray Goulburn products - mainly butter, cheese and some milk powder make up about half of the Russian order.

Mr Helou said it was particularly galling that Australian dairy imports had been banned, but not New Zealand products.

“Russia is a very important dairy market for us; as important as China, so this is going to take a little while for us to get our heads around its impact,” Mr Helou said.

“There will be very serious consequences for us.

“In Russia, we are going to see New Zealand get a leg in to fill the vacuum, and I don’t like that.

“But the other impact will be that in our major export markets, we will now see increased completion from the other dairying countries and regions such as in Europe who are also affected by the Russian ban; they will be looking to sell their products elsewhere and that’s going to make life harder for us all around.”

The one dairy product that has been exempt from the Russian ban is infant and baby milk formula.

A Meat and Livestock Australia spokesman said that with exceptional demand for Australian beef and lamb this year from customers around the world, especially China, they did not believe the latest Russia ban would have any impact on cattle and sheep prices paid to farmers.

According to European Commission figures, exports of food products to Russia were worth $7.4 billion in 2013. Australia exported $405 million worth of food and agricultural products to the country. The bulk of the exports were meat, livestock and animal products, worth $310m.

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Russia food ban a ‘nightmare’ for French farmers

© AFP/ French cheese factory
Video by Delano D’SOUZA
Text by FRANCE 24  

Latest update : 2014-08-08

French food trader Jean Selverro will lose €200 thousand a month because of Russia’s import bans on food from the European Union, announced this week. Normally, 90 percent of his apples and pears are exported to Russia.

“I’m shocked,” he told FRANCE 24. “I think it’s a nightmare I need to wake up from. It’s just not possible. I have to tell my employees, some who have been with me for nine years. Tomorrow or the day after, it’s over.”

A truck loaded with 22 tonnes of Selverro’s fruit now has to be emptied.

President Xavier Beulin of a French farm union said the Russian import ban could seriously affect France’s fruit and vegetable industry. “Russia is a significant market for us and one that grows by about 10 percent each year. It’s not trivial,” he told a European television network.

But it is not just fruit and vegetables. At the Rungis food market outside of Paris, cheese exporter Sabah Quartau was working the phones trying to determine the fate of her company’s next shipment. She has been told that trucks transporting food are likely to be stopped at the border.

“The merchandise inside [a truck nearing the border] will now need new clients before it reaches its expiry date,” she says. Last year, her company’s exports to Russia totaled €2 million.

The US, Canada and the European Union together will take more than a $17.5 billion hit from the one-year ban, imposed by Russia in retaliation for Western sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine.

The United States exported about $1.2 billion in food and agricultural goods to Russia last year, less than one percent of total U.S. agriculture exports. The EU exported about 11.8 billion euros ($15.8 billion) to Russia, about 10 percent of its total agriculture exports. Canada’s agricultural exports to Russia amounted to $563 million Canadian dollars ($515 million) in 2012.

In the EU, France, Poland, the Netherlands and Germany will feel much of the loss. France sends 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion) worth of agricultural products to Russia annually. The Netherlands send 1.5 billion euros ($2 billion), Germany 1.6 billion euros ($2.1 billion) and Poland 1.6 billion euros ($2.1 billion).

Russia’s ban on Polish apples, announced last week, led to a popular campaign in Poland, where people were urged to drink more cider and eat more apples. A widely used slogan was, “An apple a day keeps Putin away!”

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP)

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