Russia

According to Russian customs statistics, U.S. agricultural imports in 2014 totaled $1.2 billion, down 17 percent compared to 2013. This is due mainly to Russia’s food import ban placed in August 2014 as well as shrinking consumer demand for imported products caused by the high exchange rate. In 2014, the United States was the eighth largest supplier of food and agricultural products to Russia (the same as in 2013) supplying 3 percent of Russia’s total agricultural imports. The U.S.’s top agricultural exports to Russia in 2014 included soybeans, poultry meat, food preparations, nuts (almonds, pistachios), peanuts, sunflower seeds, fish and seafood, and other products. Total bilateral agricultural trade ($1.3 billion) in 2014 represented just 4 percent of overall trade between the two countries.

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Upcoming Events

SIAL
October 21, 2018 - October 25, 2018 – Paris
Fruit Logistica 2019
February 06, 2019 - February 08, 2019 – Berlin
BIOFACH 2019
February 13, 2019 - February 16, 2019 – Nuremberg
Seafood Expo Global
May 07, 2019 - May 09, 2019 – Bruxelles

Past Events

Seafood Expo Global
April 24, 2018 - April 26, 2018 – Bruxelles
Biofach
February 14, 2018 - February 17, 2018 – Nuremberg
Fruit Logistica
February 07, 2018 - February 09, 2018 – Berlin

Reports for Russia

The Best High-Value Products Prospects (Million USD)

Product 2014 US Import Average Import Growth, last 5 Years, % Import Taxes Key Constraints to Market Development Attractiveness of the Market for US Exporters
Spirits 127 30 RUR 500/liter of ethyl alcohol content; VAT 18% Lack of U.S. whiskey promotion, strong positions of other importers ( United Kingdom, France, Armenia) Bourbon and whiskey are growing in popularity and still have tremendous growth potential.
Wine 13.8 18 RUR 8 - 25/liter of ethyl alcohol content; VAT 18% Lack of U.S. wine promotion, strong positions of other importers (France, Italy, Spain, and Argentina). California wine is growing in popularity and has good potential for growth.
Food Preparations 152 12 20% but not less than 0.25 Euro/kg plus 18% VAT for position 1704; generally 5% + 18% VAT for items in 180620, but varies in other positions High competition from EU products; Cheap canned food niche occupied by Russian trademarks. Fewer Russians are making food products (e.g. canning) at home; High -quality product niche is not completely filled.
Condiments and Sauces 5 21 5% - 15%, but not less than 0.15 – 0.075 Euro/kg (duty depends on product, size of package, sugar content, etc.) + 10% - 18% VAT Strong competition from EU and CIS countries. Good potential for high quality U.S. goods. Lack of high quality product lines and limited assortment of the local producers.
Snack Foods 9 32 5% - 15%, but not less than 0.15 – 0.075 Euro/kg (duty depends on product, size of package, sugar content, etc.) + 10% - 18% VAT Strong competition from local producers, including some foreign brands such as Lay’s (PepsiCo) and Estrella (Kraft) – Pringles from Europe. Good potential for high quality U.S. snacks: popcorn, nuts, and dried fruits mixes.
Processed Fruit & Vegetables 16 7 5% - 15%, but not less than 0.15 – 0.075 Euro/kg (duty depends on product, size of package, sugar content, etc.) + 10% - 18% VAT High competition from EU products; Strong competition from local producers High -quality product niche is not completely filled.
Soybeans 215 110 0% Russia increases soybean area and domestic production. Tight competition from Paraguay and Brazil. Russia increases poultry and livestock production and needs protein feeds. Russia’s soybean crushing capacity is expanding faster than domestic soybean production.
Live Cattle 72 138 0% Competition from Australian and European cattle suppliers (the latter being true if Russia eliminates ongoing trade restrictions with the EU). Russia needs more highly productive cattle to reach its publicly stated food security goals which call for a reduction of imported meat and dairy products.
Pet Food 8 20 20%, but not less than 0.16 Euros/kg + 18% VAT Strong tradition of feeding pets with table scraps; Strong local production with foreign investments - Mars has two plants that produce pet food. As a result of ruble devaluation and lower consumer purchasing power, pet owners are switching from expensive goods to cheaper products of lower quality. Traditionally large number of home pets;. Demand is growing towards cheaper segments of pet food. High competition with the EU