Russia will impose duties on Turkish oranges


Russia and other EEU countries intend to set import duties on oranges, dates, pistachios, raisins and Brussels sprouts. Particularly affected Turkish producers of oranges, the biggest suppliers of fruit to the Russian market

In the draft decision of the Eurasian economic Commission (EEC) is offered "to establish rates of import customs duties of the common customs tariff of the Eurasian economic Union in accordance with the Appendix". In the Annex to the document says that for oranges, raisins, pistachios and dates it is proposed to introduce a five percent tariff. For Brussels sprouts, the fee will be 13%. In addition, oranges can set a minimum price.

The size increase of import duties will relate primarily to the Turkish suppliers. The ban on the export of citrus to Russia from Turkey acted from January 1 to October 9, 2016, and for the first three months of last year, Turkey was able to send to Russia oranges for $47 million (about 3.2 billion rubles).

For most other products, the largest supplier is Iran. Delivery dates from this country to the Russian market last year amounted to $7.7 million (about 516 million rubles), pistachios – $17.6 million (about 1.2 billion), the amount of supply of raisins is about the same as and pistachios. Supplies of Brussels sprouts are irrelevant, at the end of last year they amounted to $113 million (7.5 million rubles).

According to a member of the Board (Minister) for trade of the EEC Veronica Nikishina, with Egypt and Iran negotiations on free trade regime. If Egypt will receive preference in the supply of oranges in the Russian market, it will put pressure on Turkish exporters, as the Egyptian suppliers will have the advantage in price.

However, in the near future due to the entry duty rates for oranges can grow, says the President of the National horticultural Union, Sergei Korolev.

"For duty, is likely to pay the consumer, they are simply included in the cost of production. As a rule, the correlation between the fee and the ultimate cost of the product video that is in this situation, prices will rise by 5%", — said Sergey Korolev.


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