Ukraine: imposed grain export quotas – or not

Kiev / UA. (ami) The Government authorities controversial announcements about grain export temporary quotas imposition have the negative effect at the market activity, announced Vladimir Klimenko ,the President of Ukrainian Grain Association. All market participants are disorganized by the mass controversial announcements, noted Klimenko. He also underlined that the mechanism of export quotas distribution should be maximum clear, and stated that he is against quotas selling throughout auctions.

On October 07 Nikolay Prysiaghniuk, the Minister of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine, announced that on October 04 the Government of Ukraine considered the project of the decree about grain quotas imposition, but decided to work-out the document. According to him, to date the Government discusses the quotas volumes, the terms of distribution and period of validity.

Previously, Andrew Klyuev, the First Vice Prime-Minister of Ukraine, and Feodor Jaroshenko, the Minister of Finance, announced about quotas imposition as about the real fact (see below …).

At the same time, Vasiliy Tsushko, the Minister of Economy of Ukraine, declared that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine did not take decision concerning the issue of imposition of grain export quotas.

Ministry Cabinet imposed grain export quotas till end of 2010 – or not

(On October 08, 2010 …) the Ministry Cabinet of Ukraine imposed quotas for grain exports preliminarily till the end of the current year, declared Andrew Kluyev, the First Vice Prime-Minister of Ukraine. According to Kluyev, the Ministry Cabinet imposed the quotas on October 04, 2010.

Kluyev specified that the export quotas for maize will total two million tonnes. The export quotas for milling grains will total 500’000 tonnes, for barley 500’000 tonnes. He reminded that the quotas system will preliminarily last till the end of the year. But the Government will possibly cancel the quotas system, if the Agrarian Fund and State Reserve Fund (Gosreserve) manage to complete grain purchases in the nearest future.

At the same time, the Government still did not announce any official documents, confirming the acceptance of the decision.

Previously Nikholay Azarov, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, entertained a possibility of imposition of grain export quota system in Ukraine. According to him, the Government dealt with estimation of the grain stocks in the country. After receiving of the final data, the Government planned to take decision concerning the accepted volumes of grain exports.

Also, during the visit to Japan, Boris Kolesnikov, the Vice Prime-Minister of Ukraine, announced that Ukraine would possibly impose grain export limitations. According to him, Ukraine should sell the grain export quotas through the auction.

At the same time, on October 04, 2010, Vasiliy Tsushko, the Minister of Economy of Ukraine, declared that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine did not take decision concerning the issue of imposition of grain export quotas.

However, on October 06, 2010, Gregory Kaletnik, the head of the relevant committee on agrarian policy and land relations issues of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, declared that the Government of Ukraine accepted the decree on imposition of quotas for exports of grains from Ukraine in order to support the food security (source: agrimarket.info).

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