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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Cuts Import Fees On Food

The government has lowered duties on food imports for the next six months in order "to stabilize the food market and support the domestic processing industry."

Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov signed the order Wednesday, Interfax reported.

Import duties on beef, pork, mutton and goat meat delivered fresh, cooled or frozen were cut from 15 percent to 10 percent, but by no less than 0.13 ecus per kilo. Tariffs on powdered or granulated milk and cream were lowered from 10 percent to 5 percent. Levies on the import of butter have been reduced from 20 percent to 15 percent, but no less than 0.22 ecus per kilo.

Duties were also cut on soybeans from 5 percent to 1 percent; on soy or

rapeseed oil from 15 percent to 5 percent; on sunflower oil from 15 percent to 5 percent, but no less than 0.03 ecus per kilo. Import tariffs on prepackaged baby food went down from 5 percent to 1 percent.

The government press office could not confirm the existence of the order Friday, but an Interfax official said the agency had a copy of it.

The reductions will go into effect after the order is published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

Earlier, First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov said the government planned to completely get rid of import duties on meat, fish, sugar, vegetable oil and some cereals.