Russia imports 50,100 tonnes of meat in January, down 12.2% year-over-year, according to government data; poultry imports fall 27.4% to 18,300 tonnes, fish imports drop 9.4% to 55,800 tonnes

MOSCOW , March 7, 2014 () – Russia imported 50,100 tonnes of meat ($193.1 million worth, excluding poultry) in January 2014, a drop of 12.2% on the same month of 2013 (57,100 tonnes at $227.8 million).

The Federal Customs Service said Friday that poultry imports amounted to 18,300 tonnes (worth $31.4 million), against 25,200 tonnes ($40.7 million), respectively.

Fish imports also dropped to 55,800 tonnes ($164.5 million) from 61,600 tonnes ($163.1 million) and tea imports fell to 12,300 tonnes ($46.5 million) from 13,800 tonnes ($52.4 million).

Imports of condensed milk and cream increased to 9,100 tonnes ($33.4 million) from 5,900 tonnes ($20.3 million) and butter imports were up to 12,000 tonnes ($61.9 million) from 10,900 tonnes ($43.2 million).

Russia imported 9,300 tonnes of coffee in January 2014 (worth $29.6 million), compared to 13,800 tonnes in January 2013 ($32.1 million).

Reduced sugarbeet production in 2013 led to an increase in raw sugar cane imports to 141,800 tonnes ($64.5 million), against 58,100 tonnes ($29.2 million) in January 2013, and white sugar imports were up to 5,500 tonnes ($2.9 million) from 2,800 tonnes ($1.7 million).

Russia imported $165.6 million worth of alcoholic and soft drink beverages in January 2014, compared to $151.4 billion the previous year.

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