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Moldova introduces quotas for imports from Ukraine

Staff writer ▼ | May 2, 2016
The government of Moldova has introduced protective quotas and duties on livestock products and cement produced in Ukraine.
Trade dispute   Import quotas on Ukrainian products set
According to the resolution of the Moldovan government from April 27, imports of the said products will be limited with quotas, while goods imported in excess of the restrictions will be applied protective duties.

Import quotas on Ukrainian milk and cream will be 1,000 tonnes, dairy products (kefir, yogurt, sour cream) 1,000 tonnes, butter, ice cream, cheese and curd 750 tonnes.

Quotas for meat products (sausages, canned meat) will be 250 tonnes, for cement 500 tonnes.

The quotas will be granted on the principle "first come - first served." All Ukrainian products, imported in excess of the quotas, will be applied customs duties: for milk and cream in the amount of 10%, other dairy products 15%, butter and cheese from 15% to 20% plus EUR500/tonne. Meat products will be subject to a duty of 15% and cement 10%.

Duties on imports of milk and milk powder will not apply to local manufacturers. Duties will be valid until late 2016.

Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Development and Trade Minister of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv and Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister of Moldova Oktavian Kalmyk have agreed that they will discuss the problem of trade restrictions.

"We've agreed that in coming days Ukrainian and Moldovan experts will meet for consultations on trade between the two countries and settling the problems we have today," Kubiv wrote on his Facebook page.

He also said that Ukraine and Moldova enjoy friendly relations, including in the trade and economic areas.

"We are disappointed by the decision of Moldova. We had agreed that they would not make any decisions without additional consultations with us.

"We believe that this is violation of WTO rules, the free trade area with the CIS and this spoils good neighbor relations," Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Trade Representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolska told reporters in Kyiv.