Leather import duties may be abolished

20 March 2006

Russia's Economic Development and Trade Ministry is considering abolishing the import duty on leather products, according to the Interfax news agency. The current duty is 5% of the customs value of the imported goods. The proposal is part of a package of measures designed to promote light industry in Russia. It is subject to consultation with interested parties. Russia's Agriculture Ministry said in early February that it has modified the terms under which Russia imports cattle from France and Germany. Russia resumed cattle imports from the two countries on February 1 following a ban on imports due to BSE. From now on, Russia will only import cattle from 74 of France's departments and from six German regions. The ban on imports from other regions in France and Germany remains.

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