The Russian Government decided to impose a quota limiting exports of certain grains in the amount of 7MMT
09.04.2020 12:21 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Following are selected highlights from a report issued by a U. S. Department of Agriculture attache in The Moscow (Russian Federation), in response to the COVID19 epidemic and in order to ensure the agricultural security of Russian citizens, the Russian Government decided to impose a quota limiting exports of certain grains in the amount of 7MMT.
The Decree # 385 signed by Prime Minister Mishustin, imposes the export quota starting from April 1 and lasting through June 30, 2020.
This temporary non-tariff quota prohibits exports exceeding 7MMT of the following grains:
- wheat and meslin (HS EAEU 1001);
- rye (HS 1002);
- barley (HS 1003);
- corn (HS 1005);
These grains are seen as of particular importance to the Russian internal market. The quota is set in the amount of 7 MMT. The following grains (by HS code) are not subject to the quota: 1001 11 000 0, 1001 91 100 0, 1001 91 200 0, 1001 91 900 0, 1002 10 000 0, 1003 10 000 0, 1005 10 130 0, 1005 10 150 0, 1005 10 180 1, 1005 10 180 9, 1005 10 900 0.
The quota will be allocated based on applications of declaration from external trade participants to customs bodies as per procedure.
Decree # 385 also sets out obligations of certain governmental bodies in the quota execution process. The Federal Customs Service is obliged to control the grain stored and to inform the Ministry of Agriculture of the grain’s weight without delays. The Ministry of Agriculture is obliged to publish information on quota allocation to participants of external trade activities in a timely manner on the Ministrys website and to provide the information on the full quota allocation to the Federal Customs Service. The quota issue has been under discussion since January 2020 and initially the Government wanted to limit grain exports to 20 MMT in the second half of the season. However, due to the COVID-10 pandemic, the Government devised a set of measures that it says are intended to ensure domestic agricultural security and to allow commodity interventions in the market.