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Thus, buckwheat, buckwheat groats and husked buckwheat grain are included in the list of goods that are essential for the domestic market of the Russian Federation. In relation to such products, according to the current legislation, in exceptional cases, temporary restrictions or export prohibitions may be introduced.
At the same time, the imposed ban does not apply to several cases, including the transfer of international humanitarian aid, the decision on which was made by the government, as well as if the product is intended for the military who serve in other countries, or for employees in Baikonur and Svalbard. In addition, the transportation of goods between Russian regions through the territory of a foreign state and transit traffic through the territory of Russia are allowed.
Later it became known that the Ministry of Agriculture made a proposal for the export of buckwheat. As part of the work of the subcommittee on customs and tariff regulation, the department came up with an initiative to temporarily restrict the export of buckwheat and buckwheat groats.
As Interfax reported with reference to the press service of the ministry, it was proposed to introduce the restriction “in order to preserve the necessary volumes of buckwheat and buckwheat groats on the domestic market and to prevent sharp price fluctuations.”
The department noted that the current volumes of production of cereal crops in Russia allow meeting the demand of processing enterprises, as well as fully meeting the needs of the population in the main types of cereals, including buckwheat.
At the same time, the Ministry of Agriculture said that since November 2020, there has been “a significant increase in the export of Russian buckwheat to a number of importing countries against the background of the current global situation.”
“Therefore, there is an artificial deficit inside the country, and when there is a deficit, entrepreneurs always raise prices and trade raises prices. To avoid this deficit, a decision is made to either restrict or prohibit the export of this product, and then it enters the domestic market instead of export, there is no deficit, and prices will stabilize, “the interlocutor of RT explained.
“All over the world, food prices have been rising recently due to dollar inflation, disorganization of international food supply systems. Against the backdrop of a lockdown, high prices and idle food processing industries in many countries, there is a shortage of products, as a result, prices rise, ”the expert noted.