Monday, January 4, 2010

Non-Tariff Barriers on Poultry

Russia plans to ban all chlorine-treated poultry. If this happens, it will hurt Russian consumers, and may hurt US producers. One thing that is interesting about it is that it may drive the price of certain types of chicken products in the United States UP, not DOWN. Much of the poultry the US sends to Russia is dark meat, which Americans have grown to dislike. Therefore, a lot of US-made dark meat gets exported to Eastern Europe, and other countries where preferences are less responsive to variety.

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