The ban will not apply to goods in transit through Bulgaria
For the period from 24 April to 30 June 2023, a certain number of goods originating in Ukraine will not be allowed on the territory of Bulgaria. The ban applies to nearly 20 commodities, including grain. This became clear during a briefing of the Minister of Economy and Industry Nikola Stojanov and the Minister of Agriculture Yavor Gechev after today’s meeting of the Council of Ministers.
Minister of Economy and Industry Nikola Stojanov stressed that the most sustainable solution to the problem is a Europe-wide solution. ‘We are continuing the daily dialogue with the European Commission and more talks are to be held today,’ Minister Stojanov said. In his words, this is an extreme measure that the government is taking after the actions of Poland, Hungary and Slovakia in recent days, which further increase the risk for the Bulgarian agricultural sector.
‘The industry represents a very important part of the Bulgarian economy and employs nearly 16% of all employees in the country. Its gross value added amounts to more than BGN 7.2 billion and a large part of its production is export-oriented,’ the Minister of Economy further explained. He added that the Bulgarian state will not restrict the transit of Ukrainian goods through the country and the solidarity corridors will not be violated.
According to today’s government decision, the ban will not be applied to goods in transit through the territory of Bulgaria if the consignments are in specialised means of transport, sealed and sealed at the border, without allowing their unloading and reloading on the territory of the country. The prohibition does not apply if the declaration accompanying the shipment indicates that the final destination of the cargo is outside Bulgaria