Poland And Hungary Impose Ban On Ukrainian Grain And Food Imports
Countries, Poland and Hungary impose ban on Ukrainian grain and food imports. The two countries have taken this step to protect their local agricultural sectors, which have been adversely affected by the flood of supply of cheaper Ukrainian products.
Poland and Hungary have taken a joint decision to impose a ban on the imports of grain and other food products from Ukraine. The ban comes after logistical bottlenecks due to the blockage of some Black Sea ports caused large quantities of Ukrainian grain to stay in Central European states, leading to a decline in prices and sales for local farmers.
Grains on a steel storage container
This decision has created a political problem for Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party in an election year when the economy is already struggling.
The ban has been met with criticism from Ukraine, which expressed regret over the Polish decision. The Ukrainian ministry of agrarian policy and food has said that "resolving various issues by unilateral drastic actions will not accelerate a positive resolution of the situation".
Ukraine has also pointed out that the ban contradicts existing bilateral agreements on exports, and has called for talks to settle the issue.
In a letter to the European Commission last month, the prime ministers of five eastern European countries had raised concerns about the "unprecedented" increase in products like grains, oilseeds, eggs, poultry, and sugar from Ukraine, and had suggested that tariffs on Ukrainian agricultural imports should potentially be considered.
The ban imposed by Poland and Hungary is expected to last until the end of June. The list of banned goods will include "very, very many things", ranging from grain to honey products, according to PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. He has also said that Poland remains a friend and ally of Ukraine, and is ready to start talks with Ukraine to resolve the issue.
Poland and Hungary ban Ukraine grain imports to protect local farmers
The Hungarian government has joined Poland in the ban, stating that the status quo would cause severe damage to local farmers. The government has not given details on when its ban on grain and other food imports will go into effect, but it hopes for changes in regulation at the EU level, including a re-thinking of the elimination of import duties on Ukrainian produce.
In conclusion, the decision of Poland and Hungary to ban imports of grain and other food from Ukraine has been taken to protect their local agricultural sectors, which have been hit by the flood of supply of cheaper Ukrainian products.
However, this decision has created a political problem for Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party in an election year when the economy is already struggling. Ukraine has criticized the ban and called for talks to resolve the issue, while Hungary hopes for changes in regulation at the EU level.