According to SeaNews Russian Foreign Trade Customs Statistics online service, in Q1 2020 Russia imported 147.2 thousand tons of meat and meat by-products worth $382.3 mn. In monetary terms, meat import decreased by 14.9% year-on-year, and in terms of tonnage by 14.3%.
Frozen beef accounts for the largest share in imports. During the first three months of 2020, 56 thousand tons (+13.1%) worth $203.2 mn (+23.8%) of frozen beef was imported. This includes 23.2 thousand tons worth $83.8 mn from Paraguay, 14.8 thousand tons worth $54.7 mn from Brazil and 8.9 thousand tons worth $32.8 mn from Belarus.
The import of poultry and poultry by-products rose by 5% up to $84 mn in monetary terms, while in terms of tonnage it grew by 17.7% up to 55.2 thousand tons. 35 thousand tons worth $49.6 mn of these were supplied from Belarus and 15.9 thousand tons worth $29 mn from Brazil.
The imports of fresh and chilled beef made 11.6 thousand tons (-39.9%) worth $46.4 mn (-33.8%). Almost all of the entire volume came from Belarus.
The import of by-products decreased by 13.4% down to 20.1% thousand tons worth $36.1 mn (-12.2%). This includes 11.5 thousand tons worth $20.2 mn from Argentina and 3.9 thousand tons worth $7 mn from Paraguay.
The main country of origin for Russia’s meat and meat by-products import, both in tonnage and monetary terms, is Belarus. In January-March 2020, 56.2 thousand tons of meat and meat by-products were imported from there, 2% more than during the same period in 2019. In monetary terms, imports from Belarus amounted to $128.7 mn (-8.2%).
Import from Brazil decreased by 13.3% down to 32.7 thousand tons worth $88.5 mn, down 17.5%.
27.9 thousand tons (+7.3%) worth $92 mn (+18.8%) was imported from Paraguay.