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Minister Vehviläinen to EU ministers: New Russian draft decree would hinder trade between all EU member states and Russia

Topical 11.06.2009 19.11

On Thursday 11 June in Luxembourg, Finnish Minister of Transport Anu Vehviläinen informed EU transport ministers about the effects that the decree would have on freight traffic from the EU to Russia.

The Federal Customs Service of Russia is preparing a draft decree for the Russian government that will shift the transport of containers 20 feet or larger arriving in Russia to sea or rail modes. The draft decree would apply to import and transit container shipments coming to Russia via Finland, Estonia, Latvia and the Ukraine.