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European Commission bans imports of agricultural products from Ukraine to 5 EU countries. Transit agreed upon

3 May, 2023 Wednesday
16:50

On Tuesday, the European Commission has adopted temporary safeguard measures on imports of certain agricultural products from Ukraine to 5 EU countries

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This is stated in the report of the European Commission.

The import ban applies to four agricultural products - wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower seeds - originating in Ukraine. It is aimed at "alleviate logistical bottlenecks" associated with these products in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

The measures will come into force on May 2 and will last until June 5, 2023. During this period, these products may be imported into all EU countries except the five mentioned above. At the same time, Ukrainian products may transit through their territory.

"In parallel, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have committed to lift their unilateral measures on wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seed and any other products coming from Ukraine," the European Commission emphasizes.

In addition, the EU executive body confirmed the provision of financial support to farmers in five EU member states, a decision on which will be made later. Measures will also be taken to facilitate the transit of Ukrainian grain through the "solidarity routes" to other EU member states and third countries.

"The Commission is ready to reimpose preventive measures beyond the expiry of the current Autonomous Trade Measures Regulation on 5 June 2023 as long as the exceptional situation continues," the European Commission added.

  • Earlier, in late April, the European Commission reached an agreement in principle with Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia on Ukrainian agri-food products, the imports of which these countries had restricted.

  • Official Kyiv protested to Poland and the European Union over the imposition of restrictions on imports of Ukrainian agricultural products as contrary to the Association Agreement.

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