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“The possibility of making amendments is necessitated by requests, which the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry is receiving from Russian producers, consumers and foreign trade participants on adding or excluding certain goods, in relation to which customs duties are introduced,” the ministry’s draft document says.
An employee of the ministry’s department for foreign trade state regulation told TASS that changes might apply to the entire list of goods covered by a government resolution but the ministry’s final proposal have not been formulated yet.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a government resolution on September 19 on imposing customs duties on Ukrainian export goods within 10 days after Ukraine launches the implementation of a free trade deal with the European Union.
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 on many occasions said 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, alcohol and cigarettes.
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 Russian premier has said “these steps will be introduced solely for the protection of domestic producers from unfair competition.