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Uzbekistan extends zero rates on banana and citrus imports

Uzbekistan has extended customs privileges for the import of 22 types of food products, including bananas and citrus fruits (fresh or dried), for another 6 months, EastFruit experts report.

On November 17, 2022, the head of state signed a resolution extending the validity period of zero rates for the import of 22 types of food products from January 1, 2023, to July 1, 2023. One more item was added to the list – a zero duty is also set for the import of wheat and wheat-rye flour.

In addition, the double rate of customs duty is not applied to food products imported from countries that do not provide the most favored nation treatment in trade and economic relations.

We remind you that to guarantee the needs of the population of Uzbekistan in several types of food products and stabilize prices in the domestic market, the government of the country set zero customs duty rates for the import of 22 types of food products at the end of May 2022. According to the document, zero customs duty rates were set from May 1, 2022, to January 1, 2023, for the import of the following fruits and vegetables:

    • bananas, including plantains – fresh or dried, TN VED code: 0803;
    • citrus fruits, fresh or dried (except lemon), TN VED code: 0805 (except 0805 50 100 0).

The list of products exempt from import duties also included: fish and fish products; milk and cream; butter; eggs; coffee; tea; soybean, rapeseed and palm oil; margarine; baker’s yeast; cereals and other products.

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