EU to limit imports of grain from Russia, Belarus

European Union countries have agreed to raise tariffs on imports of Russian and Belarusian agricultural products, EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis announced on May 30.

According to Dombrovskis, the tariffs will take effect on July 1.

“EU member states have supported the European Commission's proposal to limit the import of agricultural products from Russia and Belarus by introducing very high import tariffs,” the commissioner said in a post on X.

“The decision enters into force this year on July 1, supporting European and Ukrainian farmers.”

In a separate statement, the European Council said the new regulations will increase duties on grains, oilseeds, and their derivative products from Russia and Belarus to a level that will effectively halt imports of these products.

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Belgium's Finance Minister Vincent Van Peteghem noted that these measures will prevent the destabilization of the EU grain market, stop the illegal export of stolen Ukrainian grain by Russia, and prevent Moscow from using export revenues to finance its war against Ukraine.

According to Bloomberg, Russia exported 4.2 million tons of grain and oilseeds to the EU in 2023, but this amount represents a small fraction of the total imports.

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