ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Jun 2020
On 16 June 2020, the Eurasian Economic Commission decided that sunflower seed exports will be subject to a permit-based regime, after the export ban expires on 30 June.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Decision of the Collegium of the Eurasian Economic Commission N78 dated 16 June 2020, О внесении изменения в перечень товаров, в отношении которых установлен разрешительный порядок ввоза на таможенную территорию Евразийского экономического союза и (или) вывоза с таможенной территории Евразийского экономического союза (On Amending List of Goods subject to a permit-based imports into and exports from the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union), https://docs.eaeunion.org/docs/ru-ru/01426223/err_18062020_78
Background - Commentary of the EEC trade minister: http://www.eurasiancommission.org/ru/nae/news/Pages/16-06-2020-2.aspx and Russian requests to extend the ban: https://rosng.ru/post/vyvozit-podsolnechnik-iz-eaes-zapretyat-do-1-sentyabrya
On 16 June 2020, the Eurasian Economic Commission decided that sunflower seed exports will be subject to a permit-based regime, after the export ban expires on 30 June. The export ban was in force to protect domestic food supplies during the coronavirus outbreak. Before the export ban, sunflower seeds were not subject to any special trade regime.
It is not clear how the permits will be allocated, whether there will be a quota or some other quality or quantity limitation or other condition. The permit-based regime will be in force until 1 September 2020.
The Commission trade minister justified the special regime by the need to provide local processing industry with seeds until the 2020 harvest is collected throughout the summer. A Russian website covering agriculture reported that the Russian authorities have initially requested an extension of the export ban until autumn 2020.