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The Government of the Russian Federation is considering the issue of introducing preferential tariffs for transportation of products manufactured in remote territories across the country

The Government of the Russian Federation is actively considering the introduction of preferential tariffs for transportation of fish, venison and other products throughout the country, the production of which is concentrated in certain territories. The head of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Nikolay Fyodorov said this at a briefing on the results of the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

"We are now actively working on the instructions of the President on the issue of how we can create additional preferential tariffs for rail transportation, perhaps along the Northern Sea Route, and so on," he said.

At the same time, the minister found it difficult to name a specific time frame when such a decision can be made. “It’s not so easy - it needs to be coordinated with many colleagues, both the Finance Ministry and the Antimonopoly Service,” the head of the Agriculture Ministry explained.

He also noted that the Cabinet wants to stimulate the development of fish processing in the Far East so that fish is not sent abroad in the form of raw materials. “If we add to this our desires, opportunities and plans to give preferential railway tariffs, we have the opportunity to increase the transportation of aquatic biological resources concentrated there to the European part of the Russian Federation,” Fedorov said.

He lamented that currently only 40% of resources extracted in the Far East are coming to other regions of Russia.

“Another, probably, 40% goes to export. This is beneficial for fishermen, but not beneficial for the country,” the Minister of Agriculture stated.

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