Putin encouraging Russian fishermen to boost landings to domestiс market

February 14, 2011 12:27

Russian PM Vladimir Putin has signed an important resolution aimed at increasing fish landings onto the territory of Russia, reports http://www.megafishnet.com/.

More specifically, the resolution cancels processing charges for mandatory customs clearance of fish products harvested on the Russian shelf (beyond the 12-mile zone) and delivered to the domestic market. Before the above mentioned resolution all the fish harvested on the Russian shelf was de jure considered as imports as the products actually crossed the customs border of the Russian Federation. However, naturally the nation's fishermen have never had to pay import duties, they only have been charged for the customs clearance procedure and now such charges have been cancelled.

According to Head of Russia's Federal Fisheries Agency Andrey Krainy, the resolution will therefore encourage the nation's fishermen to land fish for the domestic market rather than export it to overseas markets. In the beginning of 2010 the food safety doctrine was signed in Russia, the document setting a goal to increase the share of Russian products on the nation's market to 80% by 2020.

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