The European Union does not consider a possibility to impose retaliatory trade sanctions on Ukraine for introduction of special duties on imported cars, deputy director of the general board of directors for trade of the European Commission Peter Balash told journalists.

"There have been no decisions approved in the EU regarding such measures. However, some non-EU countries act impatiently. We have some questions to Ukraine concerning the introduction of these special duties, but we prefer to settle the issue through negotiations," Balash said, ForUm learned from UNIAN.

As reported, decision of the Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade under the Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine, providing for the introduction of a three-year special duty on the import of new cars took effect on April 13 in Ukraine.

Special measures shall be applied for three years through the introduction of a special tax on imports to Ukraine of cars with spark ignition internal combustion engine, depending on cylinder capacity:

- 1000 cubic cm - 1500 cubic cm - at the rate of 6.46%;
- 1500 cubic cm - 2200 cubic cm - at the rate of 12.95%.

The decision has been criticized by many WTO members. In particular, the EU and US have appealed to Kyiv to withdraw the decree.

In turn, Turkey informed the World Trade Organization it intended to introduce duties on import of Ukrainian nuts as a counteraction.


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