Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation

Russia and Japan increasing bilateral trade

18 Dec, 2018
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December 17. Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Russia Maxim Uvaidov and Chief Veterinary Officer of Japan Norio Kumagai met in Tokyo. The parties discussed the issues of mutual access of agricultural products to the markets of the two countries.

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Both parties noted that relations between Russia and Japan have been developing consistently. Through November, trade turnover between the countries increased by 45% and reached $410 million, while Russian exports increased by 30% to $371 million.

Russia supplies frozen fish, wheat and corn to the Japanese market. Russian import from Japan increased by 1.8 times (up to $ 40 million) due to the supply of fish and fish products.

“Today, increasing trade is a priority goal for us. I hope that our meeting will give impetus to the development of relations between the relevant services of Russia and Japan, and we will see positive results,” said Maxim Uvaidov.

The deputy minister also recalled that Russia has taken steps to expand the access of Japanese fish products to the Russian market and is awaiting a response from Japan.

On December 14, preliminary negotiations were held on the opening of several Russian regions for the supply of poultry meat to Japan. The negotiations were also held on verification and certification by Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor of Japanese enterprises for the production of beef in order to include them in the register of enterprises of third countries.

During the consultations, the sides discussed the development of a road map to ensure mutual access of meat products of Russian and Japanese production, the epizootic situation in the two countries, as well as coordination of veterinary certificates. The Final Protocol of the Russian-Japanese Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Issues was signed after the meeting. 

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