In 2017, a ban on imports of Brazilian meat removed more than 330,000 MT of pork and 190,000 MT of beef from the Russian market. Lower imports in 2018 motivated growth in domestic production. Pork production increased 8.8 percent, while beef reversed its decline. In 2019, beef production is forecast to grow 1.1 percent to 1.355 MT (CWE). Pork production is forecast to increase 1.4 percent as domestic demand remains limited. Consumption of red meat is also unlikely to grow in 2019 as meat prices are expected to remain high. Leading Russian companies continue to seek opportunities in international markets, however animal health issues are a constraint to export growth.