Russia Claims Tariff Increase on Beer Imports Will Not Affect Mexico

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The Russian embassy in Mexico denied this Monday that the increase in tariffs decreed by the Russian government on beer imports, which go from 0.043 dollars per liter to 0.11 dollars, will affect the beer produced in Mexico.

“In the article, it is reported that Russia is increasing tariffs on beer imports from unfriendly countries and that this could even affect Mexico,” the embassy said in a message on its X account.

However, it replied that Mexico “is not one” of the members of the “list of countries that are taking measures that violate Russia’s economic interests,” so it “is not mentioned” in the ministerial decree.

As reported by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the import taxes on beer from unfriendly countries will increase by 2.5 times, a measure not intended to be prohibitive but to improve the competitive conditions of national producers.

The newspaper Kommersant estimated beer imports at 37 million decaliters in 2023, 12.6% more than in 2022, but less than before the start of the war in Ukraine.

According to local press, this tariff increase would affect beer imports from Mexico, among other countries, information that the Russian delegation in the country now labels as “false.”

“We very much regret that some publications arbitrarily decide to include Mexico in the list of unfriendly countries,” it assured.

This news was published by the EFE delegation in Moscow (Russia) last Friday, and the medium LatinUS republished it in Mexico.

“All that remains is to toast to the wonderful Mexican beer, which continues to be supplied in Russia,” the message ended ironically.

Source: Forbes