The document was submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture.
An analysis of the markets of agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs, as well as import-substitution capabilities, taking into account the interests of specific population categories, has made it necessary to adjust the list of certain products covered by the ban in line with Government Resolution No. 778 of 7 August 2014, On Measures to Implement Presidential Executive Order No. 560 of 6 August 2014, On Applying Certain Special Economic Measures in Order to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation.
Certain products have been excluded from the List of Agricultural Products, Raw Materials and Foodstuffs (hereinafter referred to as the List), originated from the United States, countries of the European Union, Canada, Australia and the Kingdom of Norway, the export of which is banned into Russia for a period of 12 months. These products are considered essential because Russia either lacks them or has insufficient domestic equivalents of imported components used to create socially important categories of foodstuffs, or because they have key value for implementing policy priorities of the agricultural production development policy. The following products have been excluded from the List:
· Seed grains (potatoes, peas, hybrid sugar corn, set onion);
· Biologically active additives;
· Vitamin-mineral complexes for replenishing the shortage of vitamins and minerals in the human body;
· Flavourings, aromatic additives;
· Protein and protein mixture concentrates;
· Food fibres;
· Food additives and lactose-free dairy products.
Smolt (young salmon or sea trout about two years old that are at the stage of development when they assume the silvery color of adult fish and are ready to migrate to the sea) have also been excluded from the List. This will make it possible to maintain the current production potential of the Russian fish-breeding sector.
Current domestic smolt production volumes are unable to meet more than five percent of the commercial fish-breeding sector’s existing demand.
The adopted decisions will make it possible to protect the interests of Russian producers and the interests of specific population categories without any detriment to achieving the goals stipulated by Presidential Executive Order No. 560 of 6 August 2014, On Applying Certain Special Economic Measures in Order to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation.