On Tuesday, the Journal of Laws published an ordinance repealing the ordinance on the ban on imports of agricultural products from Ukraine. National rules will be replaced by EU countermeasures on imports from Ukraine of wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower, among others. to Poland.
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 The repealed regulation provides for a ban on imports from Ukraine to Poland until June 30 of the following agricultural products: grain, sugar, dried fodder, seeds, hops,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 regulation entered into force on the day of its announcement – May 2, 2023. 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).
Details of the agreement with the EC
Earlier on Tuesday, the European Commission announced the adoption of temporary preventive measures concerning imports of wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower from Ukraine. These regulations prohibit in the period from May 2 to June 5 this year. (with the possibility of extension) free circulation of seeds of the listed plants originating in Ukraine in five EU Member States: Bulgaria, Poland and Romania, and on Hungary and Slovakia. These products may still be in transit through these five Member States under the common customs transit procedure or to a country or territory outside the EU. Wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower originating in Ukraine may also be released for free circulation in all EU Member States other than Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. According to the EC, the restrictions announced on Tuesday are aimed at easing logistical bottlenecks for wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. The Commission has indicated that at the same time Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have committed to lifting the unilateral measures on these and all other products originating in Ukraine. These measures are part of the overall support package proposed by the Commission and will be complemented by financial support to farmers in five Member States and further measures to facilitate the transit of cereals exported from Ukraine through the solidarity corridors to other Member States and third countries. The Commission further underlined its readiness to reintroduce preventive measures after the expiry of the current Regulation on the elimination of customs duties on goods from Ukraine on 5 June 2023, provided that the exceptional situation persists. The ordinance of the Minister of Development and Technology of April 21, 2023 on the ban on imports of agricultural products from Ukraine, repealed on Tuesday, provided for a ban on imports from Ukraine to Poland until June 30 this year. the following agricultural products: cereals, sugar, dried fodder, seeds, hops, flax and hemp, fruit and vegetables, processed fruit and vegetable products, wine, beef and veal, milk and milk products, pork, mutton and goat meat, eggs, meat poultry, ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin, bee products and other products.
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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