Poultry firms: Russia ban has little impact on US

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm •  Published: August 7, 2014
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Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his country would restrict imports of certain commodities in retaliation for the U.S. and other countries imposing sanctions because of the situation in Ukraine.

Poultry companies should hardly worry about the birds flooding the market and suppressing prices. U.S. poultry production is expected to be around 17.26 metric tons this year and exports are expected to account for nearly 20 percent of production, said Brett Stuart, co-founder of the Denver-based market analytical firm Global AgriTrends. Exports of American poultry to Russia account for a relatively small amount.

"I'm not seeing a glut," Stuart said.

The nation's poultry producers said they're confident the losses to the import ban would be absorbed by other nations.

"We're disappointed about the loss of the Russian market, but don't expect the impact to be significant since the volume we ship there can be absorbed by other global markets," said Worth Sparkman, a spokesman for Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest meat processors.

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