Russia has declared current meat import licences void and told meat importers that they need to apply for new licences, in a move that effectively halts imports of meat to the country. "Importers which plan shipments of beef and pork in February and March, and poultry meat in February to April, should urgently renew their licences," a letter dated January 29 from Chief Veterinary Inspector Mikhail Kravchuk was quoted by Reuters.