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Ukraine says Belarus discriminates its goods by sanitary checks

Belarus has no reason for cancelling sanitary inspection of foreign products and this does not discriminate Ukrainian goods, stated today the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

From January 2016, Ukraine intends to introduce a special duty on imports of certain goods from Belarus. The list includes dairy products, fish, pastries and even home appliances. The key position of Belarusian export - oil - is not on the list. Such restrictions for Belarusian products are introduced as a response to the alleged discrimination step targeting Ukraine-made goods. In fact, the resolution, which came into force on 27 August, pertains to the examination of foreign-made goods. The document makes importers of certain products receive special sanitary certificates. They are mandatory even for those products that go with documents from the manufacturer proving their quality. 

Dmitry Mironchik, foreign ministry spokesperson:
At present, there are no grounds for review of the decision of the government of Belarus. Firstly, there is no discrimination in the sanitary examination of Ukrainian products - this rule applies to all manufacturers from countries outside of the Eurasian Economic Union. Secondly, there is an objective need for the control of imported products in order to protect the health of our citizens. Many companies swindled by putting on shop shelves goods which quality differed from those submitted for checks.    

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman