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Russia extends whey import exemptions for infant formula

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Moscow, December 30 – Russia will extend until 2023 the exemption from special economic measures for the import of whey for infant formula from unfriendly countries, the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development said on Friday.
First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov approved the minutes of the meeting of the subcommittee on tariff and non-tariff regulation, safeguards in foreign trade of the State Committee for Economic Development and Integration, which took place the day before.
“A decision was made to extend the scope of exclusion from special economic measures for 2023 for the import of certain types of whey from non-friendly countries (with a level of demineralization of at least 90%). The Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation came up with a corresponding initiative,” the ministry said in a statement.

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They also note that this measure will contribute to the uninterrupted supply of ingredients to Russian manufacturers of powdered milk formulas and, as a result, will ensure a stable supply of baby food to the domestic market.
“In addition, the Eurasian Union initiative for rail transport participants was supported to extend the period of zero import duties on certain types of containers. The measure will be valid from March 1 to December 31, 2023 and will ensure the import of already contracted containers into Russia,” the ministry added. It will be delivered after the first of March next year.”

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