The government is considering ways to reduce import duties on vegetables and nuts

The Russian government may reduce import duties on some vegetables, certain types of nuts and dried fruits. About it “RIA Novosti” said a source in the financial-economic bloc of the government.

According to him, the proposal includes cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, broccoli, dates, pistachios and dried grapes. The decision to lower fees scheduled for discussion on 18 February, added the Agency interlocutor.

Earlier, a source told that the authorities are considering the possibility of reducing duties on individual types of agricultural products, in particular cumin, anise, oranges and tanned skin.

About the need to reduce import duties on some vegetables and fruits as early as February 2015, said the head of the Federal Antimonopoly service Igor Artemyev. He explained this step the fact that in Russia the prices of some agricultural products, primarily vegetables, are growing rapidly.

Russia pursues a policy of import substitution in agriculture, but some products are not produced in our country, including because of climatic conditions or are produced in insufficient quantities.

Nuts and dried fruits has become one of the leaders in the price increase over the past two years. As written, kilogram of nuts has more than doubled — up to RUR 586,5 In Russia traditionally favorite nuts were hazelnuts and almonds, and they are 100% imported.

Dried fruits also rose by half, and for the same reason. The average price of a kilogram of dried fruit in December 2015 of the year amounted to 333.6 rubles, or 101% more than in 2013, and 63% than in 2014.