On December 15, 2011, the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union published Decision 865, establishing meat and poultry TRQ quantities for 2012.
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GAIN Report Number: RS1159
Customs Union Announces 2012 Meat and Poultry TRQs
Livestock and Products
Poultry and Products
Policy and Program Announcements
Mikhail Maksimenko, Morgan Haas
On December 15, 2011, the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union published Decision 865,
establishing meat and poultry TRQ quantities for 2012. Compared to 2011 market access, total
volumes are lowered for Russia (pork and poultry), increased for Kazakhstan (pork and beef), and
unchanged for Belarus. Notably, Russian pork market access is improved when compared to a July
2012 GOR Resolution, and all Russian TRQ volumes are subject to change in mid-2012, following
Russian WTO Accession.
On December 15, 2011, the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union published Decision 865, dated
November 18, which establishes total meat and poultry TRQ quantities for 2012. CU member countries
shall distribute, if necessary, the volume of tariff rate quotas between third countries and distribute 2012
TRQ volumes among the participants of foreign trade in accordance with member-state legislation as
well as issue licenses for the importation of goods in respect of which tariff rate quotas are established.
Changes from CU TRQ total volumes in 2011 (See GAIN RS1072):
Russia: less pork access (472,100 MT to 400,000 MT); more pork trimming access (27,900 MT
to 30,000 MT); and less poultry access (350,000 MT to 330,000 MT).
Kazakhstan: more frozen beef access (10,000 MT to 13,900 MT) and more pork access (7,400
MT to 9,400 MT)
Belarus: no changes
Prospective TRQ Administration by each Party:
Russia: A draft Ministry of Economic Development Resolution suggests Russia will break-out
poultry into three separate quotas as defined in July 2011 (See GAIN RS1137). It also suggests
country-specific allocations will be issued for chilled beef, frozen beef, and boneless chicken
Kazakhstan: no indications yet announced.
Belarus: Deputy Minister of Agriculture Kotkovets stated Belarus will distribute quota among
processors (not importers) with no country-specific allocations. Quota holders will decide
themselves, based on a tender, where to source product.
CU Decision 865 supersedes Russia’s announced 2012 TRQ volumes from July. Specifically,
the CU Decision increases pork access from 320,000 MT to 400,000 MT as well as breaks-out
deboned chicken and turkey meat into two separate TRQs.
Russia’s TRQ tariffs, volumes, and definitions will change again to meet its WTO commitments
as soon as it becomes a full-fledged member sometime in mid-2012.
D E C I S I O N
November 18, 2011 № 865, Moscow
On the list of goods in respect of which from 1 January 2012, tariff rate quotas, as well as volumes
of tariff rate quotas are established for imports of these goods in the territory of the Customs
Union member countries
The Customs Union Commission decided:
1. To approve the list of goods in respect of which from 1 January 2012, tariff rate quotas, as well as
volumes of tariff rate quotas are established for imports of these goods in the territory of the Customs
Union member- countries, according to the attachment [see next page];
2. To establish that the tariff rate quotas are applicable for imports of goods into the customs territory of
the Customs Union that are placed under customs procedure of release for domestic consumption,
except for goods originating in and imported from the CIS member countries.
3. To request the Parties:
- to distribute, if necessary, the volume of tariff rate quotas between third countries;
- to Implement distribution of the volumes of tariff rate quotas in 2012 among participants of foreign
trade in accordance with member-state legislation;
- to instruct the authorized bodies of member-country state power to issue licenses for the importation of
goods in respect of which tariff rate quotas are established and provide information on the issued
licenses to the Commission of the Customs Union.
4. This decision shall enter into force on the date of publication.
The Commissioners of Customs Union:
From the Republic of From the Republic of From the Russian
Belarus Kazakhstan Federation
S. Rumas U. Shukeyev Shuvalov
on November 18, 2011 № 865
List of Products in Respect to Which Tariff Quotas are Established as Well as the Amount of
Tariff Quotas Imposed on the Import of These Products to the Territory of Customs Union
Volume of Tariff Quotas for 2012,
Description of Goods Thousand MT
Belarus Kazakhstan Russia
Cattle meat, fresh and chilled
2.5 0.02 30.0
(CU HS 0201)
Cattle meat, frozen
(CU HS 2.5 13.9 530.0 0202)
Pork, fresh, chilled and frozen
(CU HS 0203)
(CU HS 0203 29 550 2; 0203 29 900 2)*
Poultry meat and byproducts under position 0105,
fresh, chilled and frozen 15.0 110 -
(CU HS code 0207)
Frozen deboned chicken meat
(CU HS 0207 14 100 1);
Frozen bone-in chicken halves or quarters
(CU HS 0207 14 200 1);
Frozen bone-in chicken legs and cuts from them
(CU HS 0207 14 600 1);
Frozen deboned turkey meat
(CU HS 0207 27 100 1)
*Pork trimmings can be imported both as part of the import quota established for pork trimmings and
the tariff quota established for pork