Hungary Enforces Ukrainian Grain Ban
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Hungarian officials are checking all shipments of Ukrainian grain arriving at the country's border, via road and rail, and are allowing only transit deliveries to pass, the Agriculture Ministry's state secretary for the food industry and trade policy, Márton Nobilis, said at a check overnight on Monday, state news wire MTI reports.
Inspecting a lorryload of Ukrainian maize at the Záhony border crossing with officials of food safety authority Nébih and the National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV), Nobilis said the transit shipment would be tracked using the Ekáer electronic road haulage oversight system and controlled at weigh stations until it leaves the country.
Hungary has introduced a ban on imports of Ukrainian grain and oilseed, as well as a number of other farm products from its neighbor, until June 30 to manage a glut resulting amid an EU exemption from customs duties and quotas intended to expedite deliveries to markets in Africa and the Middle East. The measure was taken after Poland introduced a similar ban.
Nobilis told MTI that Ukrainian grain arriving in Hungary is "ten times" the level experienced in earlier years.
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