Russia considers price control agreement after import ban

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
August 12, 2014

Russia may negotiate a price control agreement with domestic food producers to prevent speculative price hikes that would affect inflation after it banned half its agricultural imports from the West, the agriculture ministry said.

Russia banned meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables imports from the United States, the European Union's 28 member states, non-EU member Norway, Canada, and Australia on Thursday in retaliation against sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov has acknowledged the ban would cause a short-term spike in inflation, but said he saw no danger in the medium or long term as Russia started to look elsewhere for substitute imports.

The ministry, referring to a meeting with food sector unions, said: “Participants at the meeting discussed the possibility of signing with producers and agricultural products processors an agreement on...price policy, to prevent any speculative rises in prices for agricultural products.”

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