China is considering lifting the ban on import of Russian food, Russia’s Trade Representative in China Alexei Gruzdev told TASS. “Lately, there have been active consultations of experts from both countries on access to the market,” he said. The official said the limitations for supplies from Russia to China of grain, meet, diary and some other products “are of technical character,” and to have them lifted requires only certain formalities.“…Full Article: ITAR-TASS Oct 2014

Key Point

  • China has banned the importation of Russian grain due to fungal smut while Russia banned Chinese dairy products in the wake of the 2008 melamine scandal.

ChinaAg Comment

  • Russia’s agricultural trade with China is dominated by Russia’s exportation of timber/wood products and seafood. All other agricultural products from Russia are minimal. Russia’s agricultural imports from China are modest and typically consist of value-added products such as processed vegetables, fruits, nuts and seafood. Russia also imports a fair amount of fresh vegetables from China.

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