The Board of Eurasian Economic Commission took a decision on March 26 to exclude fresh, chilled or refrigerated pork, poultry meat and edible byproducts from the List of goods originated and imported from developing and least developed nations, with tariff preferences provided upon import of the same.
Tariff quotas to these goods represent an actual benefit and at the same time limit importation of goods, making it possible to proactively implement livestock and poultry breeding development programs.
Andrei Seleznev, Member of EEC Board (Minister) of Trade, explained the decision. "Tariff preferences amount to : 0.75% of intended CCT rate for goods of developing nations and 0% of intended CCT rate for goods of least developed nations. This applies to goods covered by tariff quotas, including pork and poultry meat. Since import of such products from developing and least developed nations into the Customs Union is implemented exactly within the framework of established quota, and import duty rate was zeroed or considerably reduced within quota framework after Russia's accession to WTO, we decided to exclude these goods from the Preferential List. Provision of tariff preferences to goods imported outside the quota contradicts the essence of tariff quotas application."
Thursday April 4, 2013/ Russia in the WTO/ Russia.