Fabian Demicoli

EU – Ukraine: Tariff Liberalisation Effective from 23 April

The EU's
Foreign Affairs Council has now adopted the Commission's proposal for
autonomous trade measures providing unilateral tariff preferences for Ukraine.
The regulation is based on the early application of the trade in goods
provisions of the Association Agreement.

According
to the Commission, the temporary reduction of nearly 98% of European customs
duties will save Ukrainian exporters € 500 million per year. It provides for a
tariff cut for 82.3% of Ukrainian agricultural products and the opening-up of
quotas for sensitive products (cereals, pork, beef, poultry). It also brings in
preferences on 83.4% of Ukrainian exports of processed agricultural products.
Lastly, it provides for tariffs to be removed from 94.7% of Ukrainian
industrial products. In order to prevent circumvention, Ukraine must guarantee
the proper origin of products and exports will have to comply with EU
provisions on origin labelling. The EU reserves the right to re-impose tariffs
should imports of Ukrainian goods be subsequently perceived as excessive.

The
regulation will cease to apply on 1 November 2014.

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