Ukraine has reduced the import of cigarettes. This is evidenced by the data of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, UNN reports.
Thus, in 2018, Ukraine imported cigarettes for 50 million USD, which is 7.5% less than in 2017.
Most of the cigarettes were supplied from Germany (in the amount of 19.6 million USD) and Switzerland (of 10.6 million USD).
At the same time, cigarette exports grew by 15.9%. In 2018, Ukraine exported cigarettes for 340 USD.
Ukraine exports cigarettes mostly to Georgia (for 130 million USD) and Japan (71 million USD), respectively.
The European Union urged Ukraine to lift the moratorium on the export of round logs, or roundwood. Interfax reported that, citing the results of the fifth session of the Ukraine-EU Association Council.
“The EU urged Ukraine to continue the fight against the concealed interests for the improvement of the business and investment climate, to urgently eliminate the trade irritants, including the moratorium for the export of the round logs,” the message said.
The sides urge to pay special attention to the efficient and timely implementation of the points of the free trade zone, further promotion of the trade and elimination of the technical trade barriers, including the spheres of the customs procedures, technical regulations, sanitary and phyto-sanitary requirements and the reforms of the food products safety system, system of the state procurement and protection of intellectual property rights.
“The Ukrainian side confirmed its commitments regarding the reform of the technical regulation system, particularly, the necessity to accelerate the adoption of the sectoral legislation, including in the market supervision sphere,” the message said.