WASHINGTON – Russia’s initial distribution of 2011 tariff-rate quotas (TRQ) quantities to importers, which includes an increase US frozen beef quota allocation from 21,700 to 41,700 MT while making the equivalent reduction to “other countries,” was announced by Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development (MED). The poultry TRQ, however, was reduced to 350,000 MT and narrowed in product scope, and will not have country-specific allocations in 2011.

Fresh beef, pork, and pork trimming TRQ remain unchanged from 2010. MED will distribute the remaining TRQ quantities to importers by April 15, according to the American Meat Institute.

“AMI would like to thank Ambassador Siddiqui and the staff at the Office of the United States Representative (USTR) for their efforts in negotiating this increased allocation, which represents more than an estimated $75 million in additional 2011 frozen beef exports,” said J. Patrick Boyle, AMI president and CEO.