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Russia plans duties on some Ukrainian imports

July 30, 2014, 13:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Import duties will be paid on beef, pork, cheeses, farmer cheese and chocolate

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MOSCOW, July 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia plans import duties on some Ukrainian goods, according to a draft government decree on the legal information portal.

The duty is proposed at a Customs Union rate that is the most favored nation rate, the document goes.

Import duties will be paid on 130 items, among them beef, pork, cheeses, farmer cheese and chocolate, as well as pipes, clothes, cosmetics, construction materials, cars and other goods.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev earlier said Russia might consider measures to protect the economy as Ukraine and Moldova, the countries in free trade zone with Russia, signed the EU association agreements.

“We have assessed negative consequences of such decisions for our economy and consider these risks quite serious, especially in the part of technical regulation, standards, sanitary and phytosanitary control,” he said.

Similar measures have been proposed by the Ministry of Economic Development for Moldavian goods. The list of 19 items includes meat, fruit and vegetables, grain, sugar, beer, wine and furniture.

Russia can adopt non-zero rates according to Annex 6 to the CIS free trade agreement if Ukraine’s and Moldova’s similar agreements with other countries lead to a considerable increase of import through where these free trade zones overlap. These non-zero rates cannot be higher than those a country adopted in the WTO.

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