Russian government decided to extend the import ban on food coming from most western countries by issuing Decree N 305 on June 29, 2016. The previous extension adopted last year through Amendment N 625 extended the measure by one year. This time, however, Russia is extending the ban on food import for 18 months, until December 31st, 2017.
Food ban on import of some agricultural products from the United States, Canada, Australia, European Union and Norway was first introduced in August 2014, as a response to economic sanctions against Russia. Ban covered dairy products, poultry, meat, fish, but also fruits and vegetables. Until now, the EU has been extending the sanctions every six months.
The trade ban is having particular repercussions on the agricultural sectors in the EU and Russia. The EU has been experiencing market distortion and oversupply in several agricultural sectors, including dairy and pork meat sectors. At the same time, the Russian market is trying to substitute some of the EU-originating products, by resourcing elsewhere, and by boosting local agricultural production. Specialty products, like cheeses, are no longer present on the supermarkets shelves in Russia.
For additional information, check Russia Food Import Ban: Baby Food Ingredients on changes introduced by Russia, to exclude certain baby food ingredients from the ban.