Ukraine from April 1, imposes special duties on import of electricity and coal from Russia

Ukraine from April 1 will introduce an additional special duty amounting to 65% on imports of electricity and coal from Russia. The effect of the fee does not apply to the supply of anthracite and coke of coal.

the proposal for the introduction of special duties made by the head of Ministry of economic development, trade and agriculture of Ukraine Igor Petrashko. The government decision on the fee will finish in the next three days, reports “Interfax”.

In turn, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier about the need to limit the supply of coal and electricity from Russia. According to the state statistics service of Ukraine, the country is importing coal from Russia, USA, Kazakhstan, Moldova and several EU countries.

Ukraine in April 2019 updated the list of Russian goods prohibited for import into the country. Russia retaliated by prohibiting the supply to Ukraine of certain goods machinery, light industry, metal processing, pipe products, paper, cardboard, clothing and shoes.

Since June 2019 Russia has banned the supply to Ukraine coal, gasoline, diesel fuel, and liquefied gases. Delivery is possible only by individual permission of the government of Russia and exports of oil, ethane, butane, bitumen, ethylene and propylene is totally prohibited.

in 2015 Ukraine stopped the import of electricity from Russia, but in September 2019 resumed imports under bilateral agreements.