The government limited the procurement of imported meat and fish

The Russian government has restricted the procurement of a number of foreign-made products for state and municipal needs. Cabinet Ministers pointed to the opportunity to purchase the same goods from suppliers from Russia or countries of the Eurasian economic Union (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan).

In particular, the limited possibility of purchasing imported from abroad of fresh and frozen fish and canned fish, moreproduktov, beef, pork, poultry meat and meat by-products, butter, cheese, rice, and sugar, and also salt and dry and condensed milk.

“The products included in the list being produced in Russia and the EAEU member States in sufficient volumes. Limitations of these food products for the purposes of procurement for state and municipal needs will promote the development of food production in Russia and the countries of the EEU”, – stated in the message on the government website.

For the supply of foreign fruit and vegetables restrictions it was decided not to enter due to the shortage of their domestic counterparts.

“Domestic fruit and greenhouse vegetables Russia secured only a third, so for these items no restrictions are imposed, you first need to significantly increase its own production”, – said the Minister of agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkachev, promised that the deficit on the domestic food market will not.

The Ministry of agriculture noted that the new procedure will come into force on 3 September 2016. Since then, the organizers of the procurement of products for state and municipal needs (e.g., hospitals, schools, or military inmates) required to reject the applications of the suppliers of foreign products subject to at least two proposals for the supply of Russian-made products.

The head of the Ministry Alexander Tkachev emphasized that restrictions on the purchase of foreign products not subject to commercial procurement for the supply of goods in shops and catering establishments.

Earlier, the government had imposed restrictions on the purchase of state and municipal needs non-food items, including light industry products, automobiles and other engineering products.

In August of 2014 in the EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia and Norway has imposed food embargo. Later, the black list has been added another five countries — Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Ukraine.

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

In early July, 2016 with the resolution of the government of the validity of the embargo was extended to 31 December 2017.