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Kazakhstan plans to ban the import of Russian grain by road within two weeks

Updated Mar 30, 2023
According to Kazakh traders, Acting Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov instructed to promptly introduce a ban on the import of Russian grain to Kazakhstan by road. According to the expectations of market participants, the official regulatory legal act will come into effect from April 10-12. Earlier, the issue of imposing a ban was raised at a meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Trade and Integration Serik Zhumangarin. After that, the discussion was submitted to a meeting of the interdepartmental commission, which took time to study the issue. The motive of the Kazakh side is as follows: most of the deliveries of Russian grain to Kazakhstan are smuggled without paying VAT. After that, Russian grain is legalized through peasant farms and re-exported to Central Asia, reducing prices for legal Kazakh wheat.
According to the data announced at the Eurasian Agricom conference on March 15-16, in the current marketing year, the total volume of deliveries from Russia has already exceeded 2 million tons. In general, the illegal export of Russian wheat by road is estimated at 10-20 thousand tons per day. That is, the monthly volume exceeds 400 thousand tons. Since the situation is not improving, but, on the contrary, prices continue to decline, the government plans to resort to this measure by imposing a ban in a short time. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a ban on the import of wheat by road is planned to be introduced for a period of six months. On March 29, the ...
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