: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine has adopted a decision to reduce import of Russian fertilizers

The press service of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reported that the Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade has adopted a decision to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of nitrogen fertilizers from the Russian Federation.

“Soon the government would send a bill on measures to diversify fertilizer supplies via the reduction of imports duty on most popular types of fertilizers (ammonium nitrate, urea and urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) to lawmakers,” the commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

The report states that the main conclusions of the economy ministry on the results of the anti-dumping probe into the imports to Ukraine of certain types of nitrogen fertilizers made in Russia indicate a fact of dumping.

”Also, findings of the investigation show that the imports of Russian fertilizers to Ukraine at dumped prices affect national producers of chemical fertilizers and constitute a threat to Ukraine`s food security,” reads the statement.

“Given the fact that the Russian Federation is the main supplier of fertilizers to Ukraine (80-90% of the total), import of fertilizers at dumping prices puts Ukrainian farmers in a dangerous dependence on their supplies in the future. Unexpected termination of deliveries of Russian fertilizer unilaterally could become another instrument of Russian aggression against Ukraine in the trade area,” – noted in the Ministry of economic development of Ukraine.

According to the press service, the unexpected unilateral termination of Russian supplies of fertilizers could become another tool of Russia`s aggression against Ukraine in the sphere of trade.

However, committee members are aware of the fact that the main consumers of Russian fertilizers are farmers, so there is the need to take into account their position on the introduction of anti-dumping measures.

”Therefore, in order to ensure food security, there is an urgent need for measures to diversify the supply of fertilizers to Ukraine (from China, the Middle East, the U.S. and other countries).”

”Until the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the bill, it is proposed to suspend the anti-dumping measures concerning the imports of fertilizers from the Russian Federation, in order to avoid possible negative consequences for the agricultural industry, related to their enforcement,” the press service said.


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