EU proposes to increase Ukraine grain exports
The European Commission has proposed that the European Union increase its Ukrainian grain imports duty-free, according to World Grain.
The EU is Ukraine's largest trading partner, accounting for more than 40% of its trade in 2015, World Grain reports.
"We hope this can give a positive boost to the Ukrainian economy," said Cecilia Malmström, the EU trade commissioner. "Our progress so far is clear, but much work still remains to unleash the full potential of our free trade area."
The proposal includes annual tariff rate quotas for 100,000 tonnes of wheat, 650,000 tonnes of corn and 350,000 tonnes of barley.
Read alsoEU expands quotas for Ukrainian goodsThe proposal must be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of European Union. Currently, there is no review date for the proposal. If approved the proposal would be effective for three years.
The proposal is an effort to support Ukraine’s economy by increasing trade and to grant concessions in the form of autonomous trade flows concerning the import of certain agricultural products and to grant concessions in the form of autonomous trade measures in selected industrial products in line with the acceleration of the elimination of customs duties on trade between the EU and Ukraine, according to the EU Office Journal.
Read alsoPoroshenko: EU deal gradually compensating for Ukraine's losses caused by RussiaThe autonomous trade measures would be granted in the form of zero-tariff quotas for certain agricultural products in addition to the preferential tariff-rate quotas set out in the agreement, and the partial or full removal of import duties on several industrial products.