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December 13, 2012 in Moscow, the deputy executive director of the North-West Meat Association Larissa Vorobyov took part in the conference "Formation of a common position on agricultural policy in the framework of the Customs Union and the WTO."
The event was held in the form of a constructive dialogue between business and government, the purpose of which was to identify and address the problems that have already arisen, and the forecasting of possible threats as further advancement of our country "on the road" the WTO.
The conference was attended by members of the college and department heads of the Eurasian Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the representatives of public authorities, the agricultural business and public organizations. Ministry of Agriculture of Russia was represented by Deputy Minister Ilya Shestakov.
In its report, the Board Member (Minister) for industry and agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission Sergei Sidorsky told about the achievements of the agricultural sector of the Customs Union, the total asset of 230 million hectares. farmland and 170 million consumers. Growth was observed in the framework of mutual trade, which in the last eight months was $ 5 billion, and in domestic production, which resulted in significant reduction of imports of certain agricultural products. For example import milk and butter decreased by 15 and 18% sugar - 76%.
Despite the apparent achievements, total imports in the agricultural sector, the TC is now slightly more than 40 billion dollars, which does not meet the criteria of food independence of the Customs Union as a whole, especially in connection with the entry of Russia into the WTO, there was a reduction in rates of customs tariff for some food items including Belarus and Kazakhstan.
The Minister of Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission Andrei Slepnyov brought averages of tariff reduction: now the average rate dropped from 15.6 to 15.2% by 2015, the rate drops to 11%. Such changes have resulted in significant losses for this sector as a pig, where the import duty on the import of meat within the quota "fell" to 0%, and in the case of slaughter pigs - from 40% to 5%.
On the critical state of the industry, said in his speech, Director General of the National Union of pig Yuri Kovalev. According to him, "Today, the Customs Union imports 20% of world pork production. There is a real trade war. Pork prices fell by 25%. As a result, our manufacturers in damages. "
Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Ilya Shestakov wished the meeting a successful competition in the global markets, including through the joint efforts of the participating vehicles, provided that the competition inside the Customs Union would meet the principles of honesty, openness and lack of double standards.
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