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Grain from Ukraine. There is a draft regulation withdrawing the ban

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The draft regulation repealing the ban on imports of agricultural goods from Ukraine was published on Tuesday afternoon on the website of the Government Legislation Center and sent for signature by the Minister of Development. The lifting of the ban on agricultural imports from Ukraine is related to the agreement between the European Commission and five countries: Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

The draft repeals the regulation of the Minister of Development and Technology of April 21, 2023 on the ban on imports from Ukraine agricultural products. The repealed regulation provides for a ban on imports from Ukraine to Poland until June 30 of the following agricultural products: grain, sugar, dried fodder, seeds, hops, flax and hemp, fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetable products, wine, beef and veal, milk and dairy products, pork, mutton and goat meat, eggs, poultry meat, ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin, bee products and other products.

Goods from Ukraine to Poland only as transit

However, it is possible to transport goods through Poland on the basis of EU regulations on external transit or on the basis of the Convention on a common transit procedure, provided that the transit through Poland ends at the seaports of Gdańsk, Gdynia, Świnoujście, Szczecin and Kołobrzeg (from 28 April br.), or outside the territory of the Republic of Poland. The planned regulation, which is to repeal the existing regulations, is to enter into force on the day of its announcement. In the justification for the project it was written – “It is proposed that the regulation entered into force on the day of its announcement, i.e. May 2, 2023“.”. According to the information on the RCL website, the draft has been sent for signature by the Minister of Development and Technology. The repeal of the ban on imports of agricultural goods from Ukraine is related to the agreement between the European Commission and five countries: Poland, BulgariaHungary Romania and Slovakia. The Regulatory Impact Assessment of the project stated that as a result of arrangements between the European Commission and five EU countries, the Commission will introduce measures including a ban on certain agricultural products at the level of European legislation (regulation).

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Details of the agreement with the EC

On Friday, the deputy head of the EC responsible for trade issues, Valdis Dombrovskis, announced that the key elements of the agreement, also agreed with Ukraine, were: withdrawal of unilateral measures by Poland, SlovakiaBulgaria and Hungary; exceptional protection measures for wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seeds; a €100 million support package for affected farmers in 5 Member States; monitoring of certain other products, including sunflower oil; work on ensuring exports to other countries via solidarity corridors. As the spokeswoman of the European Commission, Miriam Garcia Ferrer, told PAP, the decision on the introduction of preventive measures by the European Union on agricultural products from Ukraine will come into force on Tuesday afternoon. “The decision will be adopted on Tuesday afternoon and will take effect immediately,” Garcia Ferrer said. From April 15, the Polish border was closed to cereals and goods imported from Ukraine. On April 21, the ban on importing products from Ukraine was maintained, while allowing their transit through Poland.

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