Russia set to restrict dairy imports from BelarusStaff Writer | March 8, 2018
Russia’s sanitary regulator, Rosselkhoznadzor, has proposed a ban on imports of some milk and dairy products from Belarus, stating food safety concerns.
Belarus is the largest supplier of milk and dairy products to Russia, accounting for 86% of Russia’s total dairy imports in 2017. In turn, Russia is the largest export market for Belarus, taking in around 90% of the total exports of the affected dairy products.
The loss of the Russian market would displace around 640,000 tonnes of dairy products, equivalent to around 4% of EU exports of the products in question.
Although this additional volume is unlikely to flood the global marketplace, or have a significant long term impact on global pricing, it will have a devastating effect on the Belarusian industry. ■