Russian government relaxes cement import rules

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Russia: The Federal Technical Regulation and Metrology Agency (Rosstandart) has relaxed import rules for cement originating from outside the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Under the new regulations the 28 day inspection period has been cut, according to InterFax. The Industry and Trade Ministry has taken the action to cope with a rise in cement consumption created by both government-backed infrastructure projects and domestic housing. It added that the Central Federal District experienced a shortage in the autumn of 2021 with associated price rises.

"We expect that the reduction of the procedure's duration may encourage importers of cement to increase the volume of its import into the country. And this, in turn, should in fact increase competition in the market and stabilise prices. This, I repeat, is the most important thing that needs to be achieved in the domestic building materials market for its balanced operation," said Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Yevtukhov.

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