Turchak explained his proposal to raise duties on electronics up to 60%

The proposal to increase duties on the import of electronics up to 60% (currently the maximum value is 14%) primarily applies to those goods whose production can be carried out in Russia, said TASS, the head of the Pskov region Andrei Turchak. That the Governor sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin said earlier “Kommersant”. Turchak has confirmed to Agency this information.

“First and foremost we mean the types of electronic equipment for the production of which Russian companies have all the necessary expertise”, — said the Governor.

He stressed that many of these goods “the customs duties amount to 0%, making economically feasible their production on the territory of our country.” “This situation, we propose to amend,” said Turchak.

He added that such a measure is not contrary to the rules of the world trade organization (WTO), and countries such as Brazil, India and China also allow myself to impose customs duties of up to 60%, being members of the WTO.

In his letter the President referred to “Kommersant”, Turchak explained that the increase in fees will help to realize a number of projects on the territory of the special economic zone ‘ Procedure, in particular the construction of the plant for contract manufacturing of electronics for civil industry with a total investment of about 2.5 billion rubles and create about 1 thousand jobs by the GS Group holding company, specializing in the production of TV set-top boxes and other consumer electronics.” The representative of GS Group also said TASS, “it is expedient to revise the industry’s policy priorities cooperation with WTO, setting the total volume of payments including customs duty, from 20 to 60% for all types of electronic equipment.”

The Governor in a letter to the President also claimed that the tariff increase will allow to eventually increase the share of domestic products on the market, from the current 14 to 50% in the next few years will bring the budget more than 600 billion rubles, and will create more than 20 thousand high-tech jobs.

The latest member of the Presidium of the Association of retail companies (akort) Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev said that the sharp increase in duties on imports of electronics will be “the killing of domestic online stores. He argued that the proposed Turchak measure razbalansirovat consumer market, but will not help domestic producers.

“All decisions about raising taxes, all these tariff wars always lead to separate markets and limit the development. The development of Russian electronics could help exclusively measures, allowing talented people to implement their projects,” — said Lomakin-Rumyantsev.