EU restricts imports of some goods from Ukraine temporarily

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BRUSSELS, May 2: The European Commission announced Tuesday that it has today adopted “exceptional and temporary preventive measures” on imports of a limited number of products from Ukraine. “These measures are necessary given the exceptional circumstances of serious logistical bottlenecks experienced in five Member States.

The measures concern only four agricultural products – wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seed – originating in Ukraine,” said the EU’s executive body in a statement. They aim to alleviate logistical bottlenecks concerning these products in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The measures will enter into force on 2 May and will last until 5 June 2023. During this period, wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seed originating in Ukraine can continue to be released free circulation in all the Member States of the European Union other than the five Member States.

The Commission said it is ready to re-impose preventive measures beyond the expiry of the current measures 5 June 2023 as long as the exceptional situation continues. The EU has liberalized temporarily all its imports from Ukraine and suspended its trade defence measures against Ukrainian companies until 5 June 2023(KUNA)

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