Ukraine: seaports shipments up in H1 2017

In January-June the Ukrainian seaports processed 66.3 million tons of cargoes, up by 5% YoY, the State Enterprise Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) declared. In particular, the export cargoes transshipment in the Ukrainian seaports reached 50.9 million tons (up by 5.4%), and import cargoes – 9.4 million tons (up by 17.6%). Traditionally, the transshipment of…

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Latvia: beef industry not sufficiently developed

Farmers Saeima believes Latvia’s beef industry is not sufficiently developed, and existing farms have not been sufficiently stabilized – many farms have major debt. Because of that any kind of support for the industry is welcome. Considering the recently voiced information about the possible reduction of voluntary support for livestock in 2017, the Farmers Saeima…

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Belarus: rail freight up in H1 2017

Belarus’ rail freight volume for the first half of 2017 increased to 68.442 million tons, by 14.9% YoY, Belarusian Railways reported. Rail freight for export reached 25.97 million tons, up by 7.5% YoY. Transit traffic volume amounted to 19.272 million tons, which makes up for a 24.5% increase. In January-June Belarusian Railways secured the loading…

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Latvia: rapid increase of excise tax to cause dramatic rise of smuggling activity

The National Association for Tobacco Product Manufacturers (TIRNA) is confused about Finance Ministry’s submitted proposals for tax reform that provide for raising excise tax on cigarettes by 11% instead of previously planned 5.5%. TIRNA believes the submitted proposals are rushed, economically unjustified and will not secure the economy any major tax income. “Exactly the opposite…

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