An imminent WTO complaint may be supplemented by a ban of Polish products, a senior official has said
FILE PHOTO: A stall with fruits and mushrooms in Krakow, Poland © Omar Marques / Keystone Press Agency via Global Look Press
Kiev may sue Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia in the World Trade Organization (WTO) as soon as Monday over their bans on the import of grain from Ukraine, according to its trade representative, Taras Kachka. Retaliatory unilateral restrictions are also on the table, he told Politico.
In particular, Ukraine may prohibit the import of fruits and vegetables from Poland, since Warsaw not only kept the previous restrictions in place, but also added new ones, the official said on Sunday.
In May, the three nations plus Romania and Bulgaria convinced the EU to agree to a temporary ban of Ukrainian grain from their domestic markets. The measure expired last Friday, but three of the five reimposed domestic protectionist measures.
Poland and Hungary expanded their lists of banned goods, which Kachka called “ridiculous.” He described Budapest’s doubling down as largely symbolic, unlike Warsaw’s ban of flour and feed, which will have significant consequences for Ukrainian producers. A retaliation against Polish fruits and vegetables will follow unless the country reconsiders the move, the official warned.