Legal barriers exist in farm produce trade in Customs Union

Altogether 25 legal barriers are used in trade and in agricultural produce and some goods used in farming between member states of the Customs Union and Common Economic Space, the Eurasian Economic Commission said, citing an analysis of the member nations' laws and other information from them.

Products from animals have to go through three barriers before reaching their destination. So do vegetables and products from them, the commission said in a statement after the third meeting of the Consultative Committee on the Agro-Industrial Complex.

Other food products face eight barriers, while alcohol has 11 barriers to overcome.

"The reason for the barriers in the stock-raising sector is the absence of a uniform legal base in the Customs Union and Eurasian Economic Space for the assessment of pedigree stock and for the identification of animals, and the absence of a uniform mechanism for the control of individual diseases," the statement said.

"There is no mutual recognition of plant standards or of standards of means of plant protection, which, in turn, affects imports of such products into the territory of the Customs Union and Eurasian Economic Space and their movement through this territory," it said.

Copyright explains some of the barriers in food trade. There are also restrictions on the availability of trading facilities for imported products.

The Consultative Committee on the Agro-Industrial Complex recommended that the Agro-Industrial Policy Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission come up with proposals for forming a single register of barriers.

The committee also looked at guidelines for the coordination of the agricultural policies of member states of the Customs Union and Common Economic Space. The guidelines were approved at a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Commission leadership on April 9.

The committee called for gradually harmonizing member states' principles for state support for agriculture and for the regulation of the agrarian market.

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