The Eurasian Commission has approved a repeal of the duties on the dates and pistachios

That the Russian government is considering lowering import duties on some products, it became known on Monday, February 15. The government of Russia proposed Eurasian economic Commission (EEC) on an ongoing basis to reduce import duties on dates with 5% of the value of the imported goods to 0% and pistachios are also from 5 to 0%. In addition, for a period of three years was proposed to reduce the duties on four types of goods: duty on dried grapes has been proposed to be reduced from 5 to 0%, for cauliflower — from 11% to 5%, Brussels sprouts — from 13 to 5% and in broccoli from 11 to 5%. This was told by two sources in the financial-economic bloc of the government. The representative of the EEC confirmed this information and said that on Thursday, 18 February, the Advisory Committee of the EEC on trade approved these proposals. However, the final decision should be made by the EEC Board, the date of the meeting which is yet to be appointed, he added.

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.

The main purpose of the reduction and cancellation fees to make more affordable goods for consumers and producers using the products of processing, confirms the representative of the EEC. Pistachios and dates in the countries of the EEU are not growing, and growing amounts of broccoli, Brussels and cauliflower, grape insufficient, therefore these nuts, fruits and vegetables to the countries of the Union mostly imports, he says. “We do not grow dates and very few fruit produced, nonetheless it is also part of the diet of Russians. We don’t mind cheaper delivered these goods to our citizens and for the processing industry, primarily confectionery. This will serve as a strong support for Iranian entrepreneurs with whom we are in Alliance relations and to replace, in particular, Turkey to supply those species of food, is also narrow the list that we do not produce in the country”, — commented the initiative of the government on the air of “Kommersant FM” on Monday, Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on agrarian issues Airat Khairullin.

Nuts and dried fruits has become one of the leaders in the price increase over the past two years. As written , the price of a kilogram of nuts has more than doubled — up to RUR 586,5 Dried fruits also rose by half: 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% higher than in 2014.

In particular, because of the growth rates of the consumption of dried fruits in Russia is declining. So, in 2015, according to data provided by the research company “ROMIR”, the average check for dried fruits compared with 2014 increased by 21%, and frequency of purchase of dried fruit declined by 3%.

What supplies fell

Delivery of some products from the list that discusses the EEC, in 2015 was already reduced. Thus, according to the world trade Center of Moscow, most of all from this list dropped import of Brussels sprouts — by 87.3%, to $51,8 thousand in 2015 compared to 2014. Dates imported in the amount of $19 million, which is 26.3% lower than a year earlier. Dried grapes imported in the amount of $31,9 million, which is 34.4% lower than in 2014, and in the category, which takes into account the cauliflower and broccoli, imports dropped by 65,7% to $10 million.

The reduction of import duties can also reduce the cost of confectionery, commented on the theme of “Kommersant FM” General Director of “Homemade cakes” Karina Zagoskin. “Walnuts in that year I also bought for 450 rubles. per 1 kg, now — 1200, about pistachios, I generally keep quiet — it is 3-5 thousand depending on the country of manufacture. The same way dried fruit, prunes, raisins, dried apricots 60% more expensive. The lower the price, the more it will affect end-buyers,” she explained.

The press service of the Ministry of agriculture for four days has not commented on the proposed reduction and cancellation fees.

With the participation of Peter Netreby