Russian WTO membership requires changes in ag trade
The final bound rate will be implemented on the date of accession for more than one third of national tariff lines with another quarter of the tariff cuts to be put in place three years later. The longest implementation period of any goods is eight years for poultry.
Tariff rate quotas (TRQs) will be applied to beef, pork, poultry and some whey products. Imports entering the market within the quota will face lower tariffs while higher duties will be applied to products imported outside the quota. The in-quota and out of quota rates are listed below with the out of quota rates in parentheses:
- For beef 15 percent (and 55%)
- For pork zero (and 65%). The TRQ for pork will be replaced by a flat top rate of 25 percent as of January 1, 2020.
- 25 percent (and 80%) for some selected poultry products.
- 10% (and 15%) for some whey products
- Some of these quotas are also subject to member-specific allocations
The total trade distorting agricultural support/subsidies for Russian agriculture could not exceed $9 billion (U.S. dollars) in 2012 and would be gradually reduced to $4.4 billion by 2018, the Working Party document also explains.