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Media: EU to reinstate tariffs on eggs and sugar from Ukraine

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The European Union (EU) will restore tariffs on eggs and sugar from Ukraine on Friday in order to calm down farmers who have protested this year in many EU countries, the Financial Times reported, citing two anonymous sources.

This will happen just a few days after the start of accession negotiations Ukraine, which defends itself against the Russian invasion. The reintroduction of customs duties shows how difficult these negotiations will be, says the British daily.

Last week, customs duties on Ukrainian oats were reinstated.

The EU is to restore tariffs on eggs and sugar from Ukraine

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This year, the EU approved the extension of EU trade liberalization with Ukraine, suspending import duties and quotas on Ukrainian agricultural products for another year, until June 5, 2025. This is intended to support Ukraine in the face of the ongoing Russian invasion.

However, an “emergency brake” is provided for particularly sensitive agricultural products: poultry, eggs, sugar, oats, groats, corn and honey. If their imports exceed the average import volumes recorded in the second half of 2021 and throughout 2022 and 2023, customs duties may be imposed again.

This was the case with oats, and, according to “FT” sources, also with eggs and sugar.

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