November 1 comes into force a ban on the import of salt from a number of countries that supported sanctions against Russia.
According to the text of the government decree issued in September, with the beginning of November prohibited the delivery to Russia of salt (including table and denatured) and pure sodium chloride and sea salt from USA, EU countries, Canada, Australia, Norway, Ukraine, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland and Lichtenstein, reminds RIA “Novosti”.
The government has previously stressed that the introduction of the ban on the import of salt from countries that have imposed restrictive measures against Russia will not affect the internal needs in the salt. The shortfall in volumes, explained in the Cabinet, kompensiruet by increasing domestic production and imports from countries of the Eurasian economic Union.
Prior to the embargo one of the main importers of salt to Russia was the Ukraine. According to the Federal customs service (FCS) in 2015 were imported from Ukraine 864,2 thousand tons of salt (49.1% in the total import volume).
The main supplier of salt in Russia was the Ukrainian company “Artemsol”.
Under the ban, we should note, were not only ordinary table salt, but also specialized products. For example, the nitrite salt – dye and preservative, whereby the sausage is pink. In Russia, it does not produce and export from Europe. Without the nitrite salt to produce the sausage in Russia is prohibited.
According to Rosstat, the production of salt in Russia last year amounted to 880,6 thousand tonnes (68.1% of annual consumption).
A major player in this market is OOO “Vostochno-Sibirskaya torgovo-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya” (STPC), the owner of 90% stake of which in late July became the son of a businessman, Prosecutor General Chaika Artem.
In addition, this week it became known that the company “Salts of Russia” started the construction of Russia’s largest plant for the production of salt and the development of salt deposits in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The project is estimated at 5 billion rubles ($79 million).