Hungary to Tighten Oversight of Ukrainian Grain Imports

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Agriculture Minister István Nagy is initiating the introduction of mandatory reporting of lorry deliveries of grain and oilseed from Ukraine, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Requiring the shipments to be registered in the Ekáer electronic oversight system will give authorities a more accurate picture of the volume of grain and oilseed imports from Ukraine, the ministry said. It will also allow punitive measures or seizures of deliveries for non-compliance, it added.

The ministry noted that Hungary is dealing with an "unprecedented" volume of grain and oilseed imports from Ukraine amid a European Union exemption from customs duties and import quotas introduced to expedite exports to markets in Africa and the Middle East.

The European Commission has rejected a request for a full reversal of the measure, so authorities are now calling for a partial reintroduction of customs duties on overland deliveries of grain and oilseed from Ukraine, at least temporarily, the ministry said.

Hungary is strengthening further oversight of imports to ensure Ukrainian grain and oilseed designated for delivery to countries outside of the EU leaves the country, it added.

Nagy also pointed to a large volume of poultry, eggs, and honey entering European markets from Ukraine, "squeezing out" Hungarian products from their traditional markets and driving farmgate prices lower.

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