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Russia blocks Ukrainian sweets transit to Georgia and Azerbaijan

Russia blocks Ukrainian sweets transit to Georgia and AzerbaijanRussia is blocking Ukrainian confectionary products transit to Georgia and Azerbaijan.

"Almost fifty wagons with Ukrainian products intended for Azerbaijan stayed on the Derbent customs checkpoint in Dagestan for more than one month. Only early April they were returned back to Ukraine. Recently Russian customs officers stopped all cargos on the Lars customs checkpoint on the border with Georgia, blocking our supplies to this country," Ukrkondprom Association President Oleksandr Baldyniuk told Interfax-Ukraine.

He said that Russian officers explained that Ukrainian confectionary products transit across Russia is repeatedly banned due to the alleged sanitary embargo imposed by Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) in 2014.

Baldyniuk said that the way out of the situation is the launch of alternative transit across the Black Sea via ferries.

"According to recent calculations, the tariff for shipment using the advertised alternative ferry route, which is almost twice up the cost of transit across Russia and makes the major part of our goods uncompetitive in the Caucasus and Middle Asia, is offered to producers," he said.

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He added that the cost of transit of one wagon to Azerbaijan across Russia is $4,800 and by ferry - $7,300.

Baldyniuk believes that the Ukrainian government should formulate competitive tariffs for shipping cargos bypassing Russia and toughen international pressure on Russia due to blatant violation of its liabilities to secure unhampered international transit across its territory.
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