26 Apr 2023 09:39

Hungary bans imports of 25 types of Ukrainian agricultural goods, tightens transit rules

MOSCOW. April 26 (Interfax) - Hungary has banned the imports of 25 types of Ukrainian agricultural goods until July 1 and has tightened transit rules.

The Hungarian government signed a resolution on measures related to transportation of certain types of agricultural goods from Ukraine, the Ukrainian media said.

In particular, the ban applies to fresh and chilled beef, frozen cattle meat, fresh, chilled or frozen pork, lamb or goat meat, fresh, chilled or frozen, meat, offal and offal of poultry suitable for human consumption, fresh, chilled or frozen, bird eggs in shell, fresh, canned or boiled, natural honey, vegetables (including raw, steamed or boiled) frozen, rye, barley, corn, buckwheat, millet and canary seed, other cereals, wheat flour and cereal flour, processed cereals, rapeseed or rapeseed, sunflower seeds (including crushed), sunflower, safflower and cottonseed oil and their fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically altered, rapeseed and mustard oil and their fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically altered, cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose in the solid state, bread, cakes, biscuits and other bakery products containing cocoa, rice paper and similar products, vegetables (other than candied), cooked or preserved without vinegar or acetic acid (except tomatoes and edible mushrooms), not frozen, wine from fresh grapes, and grape must (other than grape juice).

Should the banned goods be imported, the Hungarian police or tax inspection are allowed to impose an administrative fine on the carrier in the amount of 100% of the goods' cost without VAT. Similar penalties are envisaged for goods, which are prohibited from imports and are not transported outside of Hungary within seven days since the entry date, the resolution said.

Whenever the goods are transited through Hungary, the respective agencies will lock them in a way, in which locks can only be broken in any kind of unloading from the vehicle. The goods are monitored by toll payments and WIM systems.

Whenever the lock is installed, the name of the shipment, its volume, the name of the carrier, its address, if available, the address of the office in Hungary, the tax number of the carrier, the company registration number or the FELIR identifier shall be registered. The carrier must indicate the name of the country that provides the execution of the task, the customer's email and postal address, the account number for payment, the owner of the vehicle, the identity of the driver who uses it, the license plate (in the case of using railway transport, the number of the railway track), the time and place of the planned departure from the territory of Hungary, alongside the planned route.

The Ukrainian State Transport Security Service also said that a truck must be sealed off consistent with T1 Customs Declaration whenever agricultural products are transited by truck.

As reported earlier, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania have banned the imports of Ukrainian agricultural products but allowed their transit. Ukrainian goods are mostly sent to Baltic Sea ports in the territories of Poland and Germany, as well as the Black Sea ports in Romania and Bulgaria.