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Alaska Fish Factor: No limits imposed on Russian seafood coming into US despite nearly six year embargo on seafood imported to Russia

 

February 20, 2020



Lost in the headlines about the hits to seafood sales from the Trump Administration’s trade war with China is another international barrier with Russia that’s been going on far longer.

In August of 2014 Russia placed an embargo on all U.S. food products to retaliate for sanctions the U.S and other Western countries imposed over the invasion of Ukraine. The ban included Alaska seafood, which at the time accounted for more than $61 million in annual sales to Russia, primarily from pink salmon roe.

But here’s the bigger hurt: For the nearly six years that the embargo has been in place, n...



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