The Russian government has weakened the embargo


The Russian government has softened the conditions of the embargo placed on the importation of products from the USA, Canada, Australia and EU States, Ukraine and some other countries of Europe. The ban bred poultry and frozen beef, and also dried and frozen vegetables, intended exclusively for the production of baby food. The decree published on the official Internet portal of legal information.

What is imported to Russia products are designed specifically for children importers will need to prove — the procedure for confirming the target of the assignment is to develop the Ministry of agriculture. It will determine the permissible volume of imports derived from under the counter products.

Food embargo against EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia and Norway was introduced on 7 August 2014 in response to sanctions over the situation in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Later in “the black list” have been added five more countries — Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, and Liechtenstein (1 January 2016) Ukraine.

Originally for import to Russia banned all types produced in the above-mentioned countries of cattle meat and poultry, pork, fish and crustaceans, and shellfish, dairy products, cheeses, sausages, vegetables, fruits, roots and nuts.

Later in the prohibited products list several times had changed. In August 2014, under the embargo was released the whole lactose-free dairy products, but then in the text of the document added the statement that are allowed to import only those types that are designed for dietary therapeutic and dietary preventive nutrition. The amendment deprived importers of the opportunity freely to bring to Russia the usual hard cheeses, production technology of which is that almost any of them can be declared lactose-free. Now we need to prove that, for example, the Maasdam is a “specialized” cheese designed for those who are dieting.

Later to be imported were allowed also special products designed for athletes of Russian national teams (the proof of the MST), as well as bioactive and flavor-aromatic additives, vitamin-mineral complexes; protein concentrates, dietary fiber and supplements.

In June 2015 the validity of the Russian embargo was extended to August 2016. At the end of may 2016, the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev instructed to prepare proposals for the extension of the embargo to the end of 2017, explaining his decision to care about the interests of the domestic agribusiness.

“Those who engage in agricultural business, agricultural industry, and get a longer planning horizon for their investments than they have repeatedly requested — and a large agricultural company, and relatively small. And will have the ability to calculate how and what will happen in the longer term,” said Medvedev at a meeting with members of the Russian Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs.