Temporary Tariff cuts EU for Ukraine

Posted on: 11/04/2014

On 14 April the EU will adopt measures to cut tariffs on Ukrainian exports to the EU.

As EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht stated, these are autonomous trade measures providing tariff preferences for Ukraine and constitute an important part of the EU's package to help the country during this difficult period. The measures will enter into force following publication in the EU Official Journal.

They will apply until 1 November 2014 at the latest. We hope that in the meantime the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) part of the agreement will be signed and in force. Statement by Commissioner De Gucht

EU tariffs for industrial goods exported from Ukraine will be removed for 94.7% of industrial products and reduced for the remaining few products (including certain chemical products). The EU will grant immediate and unlimited preferences to 82.2% of Ukraine's agricultural exports. For the other products (including cereals, pork, beef and poultry) a partial liberalisation will be given by the granting of duty-free tariff rate quotas (TRQs), which limit the amount of certain goods able to benefit from the trade preference. On processed food products, the EU will grant immediate preferences to 83.4 % of Ukraine's exports. The remaining 15.9% will be partially liberalised through TRQs. This is subject to negotiation but EU institutions are committed to moving quickly on this regulation.

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