The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to ban the import of wagons of residents and the railway administration of the Russian Federation into Ukraine at a meeting on Wednesday, Verkhovna Rada deputy Oleksiy Honcharenko (the European Solidarity faction) said on his Telegram channel. According to the document released by him, in particular, the import of wagons into the customs territory of Ukraine, among the railway administrations, in registration of which there is or was the railway administration of the Russian Federation from February 20, 2014, is forbidden until December 31, 2020 (inclusively).
The decision comes into force from the day of its publication.
“By the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decision No. 1147 dated December 30, 2015 a ban on the import into the customs territory of Ukraine of railway wagons that were in use and which are imported in the customs regime of imports from the Russian Federation has already been introduced. However, since November 2019 Ukraine’s resident legal entities purchased 1,165 wagons, the country of origin of which was not Russia. Some 608 wagon of them were previously owned by resident enterprises of the Russian Federation, and 15 wagons were owned by resident enterprises of the Russian Federation since 2014. In order to ban such rolling stocks as well, we made the relevant amendments to the decision, which the government supported today,” Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Krykliy said.
The duty of 65% on coal imported from the Russian Federation to Ukraine with some exceptions is imposed from April 15, 2020, according to government resolution No. 261 dated March 18.
The exception is anthracite coal, bituminous coal and coking coal for metal industry, as well as lean coal for companies generating electricity and heat.
The imposition of the duty on imported electricity earlier announced at the government meeting is not envisaged in the document.
The Economy Secretariat (Secretaría de Economía) of Mexico has announced the launch of an administrative procedure for reviewing safeguard duties imposed on hot rolled sheets originated from Ukraine and Russia.
According to the announcement made on March 26, 2020 on official website of the Mexican government bulletin, the duties are being reviewed as the duties imposed earlier expired.
According to the document, safeguard duties on hot rolled sheets were imposed by Mexico on March 28, 2000 in the amount of 46.66% for Ukraine and 30.31% for Russia. On March 17, 2006, the duties were extended. After the new revision on September 8, 2011 it was decided to cut the duties for Ukraine to 25% and to 21% for Russia. On January 28, 2016 it was decided to extend the duties.
Ukraine would receive income of $15 billion in five years of transit of Russian natural gas, according to Minister of Energy and Environment Protection of Ukraine Oleksiy Orzhel. “The approximate income with which Ukraine left this meeting [the meeting in Minsk on December 20, following which Ukraine-Russia-EC signed an intergovernmental protocol], is more than $3 billion for arbitration and approximately $3 billion for transit each year during five years,” the minister wrote in his column for the Ekonomichna Pravda (Economic Truth) publication on Tuesday.
“Thus, in five-year outlook, we will receive about $18 billion, of which $3 billion is ‘natural’ money – before the New Year. And this is without any enslaving conditions regarding the purchase of Russian gas,” Orzhel said.
At the same time, he said that at the meeting in Minsk the parties made significant progress, however, at present, the risk of not signing the new contract still exists.
“The protocol is not an agreement yet. In the last week of December, our companies will draft the text. But until the agreement itself has been signed, there is no transit. Can the other side change its mind at the last moment? Yes. Are we ready for this? Yes. But if this happens, Gazprom will suffer all image losses,” the minister added.
Six companies have bought access to 1.1 GW of interstate network carrying capacity for importing electricity from the Russian Federation to Ukraine in December, according to information on the website of Ukrenergo. Thus, TAS Energy of Sergiy Tigipko bought 350 MW (24.6% more compared to the access capacity purchased in November). Ukrtorgenergy LLC acquired an additional 300 MW of capacity in December (Volodymyr Lytvynchuk is the ultimate beneficiary of the company founded in May 2019, while in mid-August the core business changed from electricity production to trade), which in November gained access to only 10 MW. The next largest one in terms of volume is ONK Group with 150 MW. At the November auction, this company failed to gain access to the section.
In turn, United Energy LLC (which has contracts for the supply of energy to the enterprises of Ihor Kolomoisky and the Surkis brothers) bought access to 100 MW in December (against 500 MW in November), and ETG LLC bought the same amount.
Access to the capacity for imports from Belarus was obtained by D Trading (Donbasenergo of Maksym Yefimov) and ERU Trading LLC (the Energy Resources of Ukraine group of companies) in the amount of 450 MW and 50 MW respectively.
D Trading also bought access to 404 MW for imports from Moldova and 85 MW from Hungary.
Ukraine, the European Commission and the Russian Federation held technical consultations in Brussels on Tuesday to prepare for the next round of trilateral talks on gas transit after January 1, 2020.
NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy said in a press release that during the consultations the parties discussed Ukraine’s progress in the implementation of the norms of the European legislation and the creation of independent gas transmission system operator.
In addition, the signing of an interconnection agreement between the operators of the gas transmission systems of Ukraine and the Russian Federation on standard European conditions was discussed, as well as the methodology of tariff formation for gas transportation, and other issues.
The next round of trilateral gas transit negotiations is expected to take place on October 28.