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The increase of European tariff quotas - the next step towards the opening of markets

published 14 November 2016 14:58

She recalled that a few weeks ago, the European Commission supported the proposal from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and Ministry of Economical Development and Trade of Ukraine to increase the quota by 8 Ukrainian goods: honey, processed tomatoes, grape juice and cereal group.

The recently supported by European Commission Proposal for the extension of trade preferences for certain products for Ukraine is an indicator of improving the quality of domestic products. For our producers, in particular, it is a serious challenge and competition mostly among themselves.

It was stated by the Deputy Minister on European Integration Ms. Olga Trofimtseva in his blog on the portal «Agropolit».

She recalled that a few weeks ago, the European Commission supported the proposal from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and Ministry of Economical Development and Trade of Ukraine to increase the quota by 8 Ukrainian goods: honey, processed tomatoes, grape juice and cereal group.

"The increase of quotas for Ukrainian goods provides an additional opportunity for our producers to receive nearly up to $200 million more annually from trade with the EU. This is quite a significant figure, but I would stress that this decision has yet to be supported by the European Parliament and EU Member States and will be valid for a period of 3 years. I personally think this is a small victory, not only because of the potential increase in exports to the EU, but because of negotiations on trade preferences is a long and painstaking work. It was started the previous Ministry team and successfully extended by Minister Kutovyi. As for me, this decision of the European Commission is a milestone victory for our team, "- said Deputy Minister.

However Trofimtseva added that now she will work further together with producers and relevant associations in order for other product groups to be included also into the list on expansion of autonomous trade preferences.

As for today, 226 Ukrainian enterprises are authorized for export of their products to the EU. Among them are dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, honey and others.

"Obtaining European quality certificates by this companies has confirmed the compliance of Ukrainian products to international norms and standards, and, moreover, such permission is recognition of sufficient for the European side of the state system of control and management of food quality," - said Olga Trofimtseva and added that it provides a great opportunity to expand the export potential of the domestic agricultural sector.

For information:

The trade turnover between Ukraine and the EU reached $ 4404.4 million for 9 months of 2016, of which exports $ 2989 million, Import - $ 1415.3 million.

 

The EU’s share in the total foreign trade of agricultural products in Ukraine is 32.6%.