Trade boost as Russia agrees new BSE rules
The Russian Federation and Customs Union have agreed to increase the minimum age for BSE testing for cattle slaughtered for human consumption from 48 to 72 months with immediate effect.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the BSE testing requirements for beef exports to the Russian Federation/Customs Union were now the same as those that apply within the EU.
The Russian move followed an EU decision to increase the age of testing for intra-community trade to 72 months with effect from July 1.
Underlining the importance of the Russian Federation as a key third country market for Irish beef, Mr Coveney said the decision should help Irish beef exporters significantly by removing a technical barrier to the trade.
The minister explained that this positive news stemmed from detailed technical negotiations between veterinary experts from the Customs Union member states -- the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus -- and the European Union in May of this year.
Last year, Ireland exported 7,985t of beef to Russia at a value of €11.895m.
The total volume of exports to third country markets last year was 13,470t at a value of €22.635m.