Russian food embargo doesn’t put restrictions on sale

Russian Government didn’t approve bill banning sale of products subject to import restrictions
Russian food embargo doesn’t put restrictions on sale
24 February 15:13 2016 Print This Article

Russian Government didn’t support a bill banning sale of products subject to import restrictions, refers Izvestia citing official document released by the Government. Apparently, food embargo in Russia concerns only restrictions on import, but not sale.

Relevant amendments to the trade law have been proposed by State Duma deputies. The Government states that this law doesn’t regulate foreign trade relations. What is more, banned products are already due to be destroyed in accordance with the presidential decree of 29 July 2015, thus the proposed bill would be in violation to the execution of the current legislation.

The amendments to the law were proposed by deputies from Russian far-right political party LDPR and submitted to the State Duma in August 2015. The bill would have amended Russia’s trade law in order to establish a ban on sale of products subject to import restrictions.

The story with the amendments is rooted back in July 2015 with the decision of the Arbitration Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region on dispute between JSC Tander (one of the chains of Russia’s largest retailer Magnet) and consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. During an inspection in Tander, there were found French cheese, which was subject to import restrictions in accordance with presidential decree “On certain specific economic measures to ensure security of the Russian Federation”. The Court, however, stated in its decision that under Russian legislation there is no prohibition or restriction in relation to the sale of such products.

Anastasiia Kochkurova

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