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Ukraine makes some agricultural exports to Bulgaria subject to licensing

The Ukrainian government can now start accepting applications from exporters.

Ukraine makes some agricultural exports to Bulgaria subject to licensing
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Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solskyy and Minister of Agriculture of Bulgaria Kiril Vatev have agreed on the procedure for exporting certain types of agricultural products.

According to the press service of the Ukrainian ministry, Solskyy and Vatev agreed on the procedure for verifying the export of four crops to Bulgaria, including rapeseed, corn, wheat and sunflower. It provides for the issuance of licences after bilateral consultations.

The ministers also agreed to closely monitor the movement of agricultural products.

"The Bulgarian government has lifted restrictions and supported our action plan to verify and approve exports of certain agricultural products. Finally, all technical issues between our countries have been agreed upon and the Ukrainian government can start accepting applications from exporters," Solskyy said.

What is the current situation with the blockade of Ukrainian exports?

- Last week, it became known that Slovakia would extend its ban on imports of agricultural products from Ukraine. In addition to grains, the ban will also apply to imports of honey, sugar, malt and soybeans. The Slovak government, led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, also decided to tighten transit rules.

- Slovak carriers began blocking the border at the Uzhhorod-Vyšné Nemecké checkpoint. On the morning of 2 December, 955 trucks were queuing up.

- On 4 December, at 22:00, the blockade of traffic through Vyšné Nemecké ended. The checkpoint resumed its operation.

- At the same time, due to the blocking of the border by Polish and Slovak carriers, queues of trucks formed on the border between Ukraine and Hungary.

- Meanwhile, Poland will continue to demand that the European Union return mandatory licences for Ukrainian drivers. A statement to this effect was made by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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