Ukraine: to abandon own plans to sell export quotas

Kiev / UA. (ami) On October 11, 2010, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine took the decision to abandon the previous plans to sell grain export quotas at auctions, declared Nikholay Prysiazhnyuk, the Minister of Agrarian Policy. Previously, Boris Kolesnikov, the Vice Prime-Minister of Ukraine, offered to realize the order of grain export quotas distribution at auctions. According to him, auctions are the best and most uncovered form of grain export quotas distribution, and the Government plans to realize the quotas distribution through the reporting way. The first auction for distribution of quotas for grain exports from Ukraine will take place at the end of October 2010.

At the same time, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy was against imposition of auction selling of the export quotas. If the Government has really imposed the system, grain traders would have shifted the main charges for purchasing of the quotas at agricultural producers, which would have caused reduction of grain purchasing prices and deficit of financial resources in the agricultural sector, reported Viktor Slauta, the previous Vice-Premier on agrarian policy issues. Besides, the possible imposition of such standards would require the corresponding changes in the current legislation.

As a reminder, on October 11, 2010, the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine promulgated the the project of the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine «On confirmation of quota volumes for separate varieties of agricultural products, which exports to be subject to licensing till December 31, and the order of issuance of licenses».

Previously, on October 01, 2010, Boris Kolesnikov, the Vice Prime-Minister, informed that in the terms of the necessity of grain export limitations in order to provide the food security in the country, Ukraine will sell grain export quotas at auctions (source:

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