Russia announced last week a ban on agricultural imports from the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia and Norway. The ban, effective August 7, is set to run for at least one year and is in direct response to the economic sanctions placed on Russia by these countries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released a report with the unofficial translation of the decree, which includes the products affected by the ban.
Although dairy is on the list, U.S. dairy exports have been shut out of the Russian market since September 2010 due to failed attempts by the two countries to reach an agreement on a dairy certificate and a list of approved facilities.
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