The European Union imposes duties on imports of oats and eggs from Ukraine

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The European Commission has announced the imposition of import duties on eggs from Ukraine and earlier this week decided to impose duties on imports of Ukrainian oats into the European Union.

Agency „Reuters“, citing sources, said the new tariffs would come into force in the next two weeks.

In addition, the EC announced that from 19 June to 5 June 2025, Ukrainian oats imports to the EU will be subject to a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) tariff rate quota.

The EC was forced to impose restrictions on imports of some agricultural products from Ukraine following a wave of protests by farmers in various Community member states, triggered by discontent with Brussels' trade preferences for Ukrainian goods imposed after Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine.

In the middle of last month, the Council of the European Union decided to extend duty-free trade with Ukraine for one more year, but with certain reservations. One of them concerns the protection of the EU market against competition from „sensitive“ agricultural products from Ukraine, such as poultry meat, eggs, sugar, oats, groats, corn and honey.

The duty-free mechanism, proposed by the EC and approved by the European Parliament, would be applied if the import volumes of these goods exceed the average levels for the second half of 2021, 2022 and 2023.