The issue of seizing tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots and other vegetables from the list of goods for the free trade zone with Iran is the subject of negotiations between the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEA), RNS was informed by the press service of the Russian Agriculture Ministry.
"As for the possibility of seizing vegetable products from the free trade regime, this is determined by all the EEA member states and is the subject of negotiations," the press service's response to the RNS request reads.
The ministry recalled that at the present time, consultations are held on the basis of the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECE) on the conclusion of a free trade agreement between the member states of the EEMP and Iran. Within the framework of these consultations, the issues on trade in certain types of vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, etc.) are discussed, which Iran is interested in exporting to Russia.
At the same time, more than 40 investment projects are currently being implemented in Russia in the field of vegetable growing of protected soil, which contribute to import substitution, the Ministry of Agriculture notes. "In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia primarily protects the interests of domestic producers," the ministry emphasized.
Previously, "Izvestia" reported that the National Union of producers of fruits and vegetables offered to the Ministry of Agriculture to remove the tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and carrots from the free trade regime with Iran. Russian manufacturers are opposed to vegetables from Iran were supplied to Russia under the simplified customs procedure with reduced duties.
Time zone of free trade with Iran can be created in the first half of the year 2017, and the constant - to 2020 year, reported RNS Minister of ECE Veronica Nikishin trade.
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