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Russia to raise fees for Ukrainian goods 10 days after EU AA starts being implemented

September 22, 2014, 10:17 UTC+3

Russia, Ukraine and the EU agreed on September 12 to delay the implementation of a free trade pact between Kiev and Europe at least until the end of 2015

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MOSCOW, September 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will raise customs duties for goods coming from Ukraine within 10 days after the start of implementation of the association agreement with the European Union, according to a decree by the Russian government.

In particular, this measure will apply to meat, dairy and confectionary produce, as well as fruit, cereals, beer, wine, spirit and tobacco. In addition, fees will be raised for motor cars, apparel, footwear and sanitary fitments.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday he had signed a government resolution on imposing customs duties on Ukrainian export goods.

The Russian premier said “these duties will be imposed, if Ukraine starts applying economic articles of an agreement [on association with the EU] earlier than it was agreed [the beginning of 2016], i.e. launches either juridical implementation or the actual application of these provisions.” The text of the government’s resolution, however, was not made public on that day.

Russia, Ukraine and the EU agreed on September 12 to delay the implementation of a free trade pact between Kiev and Europe at least until the end of 2015.

Russia has said on many occasions that the Ukraine-EU free trade deal implementation will harm the domestic market, unless amendments are made to the text of the agreement.

The Russian government’s resolution will apply to Ukrainian meat, dairy and confectionary products, fruits and grain, as well as beer, wine, spirit and tobacco.

If Ukraine starts implementing the EU trade pact ahead of the scheduled time, Russia will also raise customs duties on Ukrainian cars, buses, refrigerators, clothes, footwear and plumbing equipment, ferrous metal items, glass, cement, concrete, plastics and mineral fertilizer.

The Russian government’s list also includes passenger and freight vessels, engineering goods, cosmetics, fabrics, furniture and sporting equipment. Overall, the list comprises 174 commodity items.

The document further says that the Russian government will establish a controlling mechanism for permanent monitoring of the economic part of the Ukraine-EU association agreement signed on June 27, 2014.

If Russia reveals Ukraine’s measures for the EU deal’s practical application or its implementation, the Russian government will take a decision on enforcing the government’s resolution on customs duties “upon the expiry of ten days after receiving a notice” on the start of this process, the document says.

The Russian prime minister said last week that “these steps will be introduced solely for the protection of domestic producers from unfair competition.

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