Ukraine: European Council adopts renewal of temporary trade liberalisation and other trade concessions
The measures will help Ukraine to maintain the stability of its trade relations with the EU and to keep its economy going under very challenging circumstances.
Coupled with extensive military, financial and humanitarian support, this is crucial to help Ukraine in its long-term recovery.
Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine has had a devastating impact on the country’s economy. The renewed Autonomous Trade Measures will unequivocally support Ukraine and at the same time they provide the EU with a way of protecting if necessary the internal market from significant increase in imports of some agricultural products.
Johan Forssell, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade
The regulation adopted today will apply for a period of one year and concerns the following:
- all outstanding customs duties under Title IV of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine establishing a deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA). This concerns two categories of products: fruits and vegetables subject to the entry-price system, and agricultural products and processed agricultural products subject to tariff-rate quotas
- the collection of anti-dumping duties on imports originating in Ukraine as of the date of entry into force of this Regulation
- the application of the common rules for imports (safeguards) with respect of imports originating in Ukraine
The trade-liberalising measures are taken in observance of the commitment in Article 2 of the Association Agreement (DCFTA), which enshrines as an essential element of the Agreement the promotion of respect for the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, inviolability of borders and independence.