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Ostchem withdraws claim in case of non-introduction of quotas for import of nitrogen fertilizers – UCAB

KYIV. Sept 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – On September 13, a representative of Dmytro Firtash’s Ostchem holding, which is a part of Group DF, applied to the Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal (Kyiv) to dismiss the claim of PrJSC Azot (Cherkasy) against the Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade (ICIT) and the Ministry of Economy, filed in order to introduce quotas for the import of nitrogen fertilizers into Ukraine, the court decided to close this appeal proceedings.

Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Roman Leschenko wrote about this on his Telegram channel on Tuesday.

He said that such court decision is long-awaited and positive for the entire agrarian community, and the plaintiff that refused this claim, understood inexpediency and senselessness of introducing such quotas.

"I have repeatedly emphasized that the Ministry of Agrarian Policy is against any quotas on imports of fertilizers. It destroys fair competition, allows monopolizing the fertilizer market and leads to an increase in their cost. Our team will continue to defend this position!" the minister said.

According to Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), the consideration of case No. 640/16665/20 on the claim of PrJSC Azot against ICIT and the Ministry of Economy took place on the evening of September 13 in the Sixth Administrative Court of Appeal.

The association said that the court’s closure of the appeal proceedings on this claim confirms the invalidation of the preliminary decision of Kyiv District Administrative Court dated March 31, 2021 in favor of PrJSC Azot. Thus, the ICIT decision adopted in June 2020 not to introduce quotas for the supply of nitrogen fertilizers to Ukraine is legitimate.

"Finally, even the initiators of the introduction of quotas for fertilizers realized the futility of their demands and justice triumphed. Soon we expect a similar decision on complex fertilizers," UCAB Director General Roman Slasten said.

According to UCAB, on September 22, it is planned to consider case No. 640/16663/20 regarding the import of complex fertilizers filed by Himvektor LLC (Kyiv).