The Minister of economic development Maxim Reshetnikov has agreed to discuss the issue of eliminating customs duties for imported pharmaceutical substances. The Minister said during a joint online meetings with deputies of the faction in anticipation of the government hour in the state Duma, reports TASS.
“Let’s see. Theme support pharmacy, will obviously be the number one topic”, – said Reshetnikov in response to a proposal of zero customs duties.
The issue of zero tariffs raised the first Deputy head of the faction “United Russia” in the state Duma Andrey Isaev. He recalled that the party pays special attention to the subject of drug supply. “In connection with the change of the ratio of the dollar and the ruble is a very serious threat to the growth of prices for medicines. Not only on imports but also domestic. 80% of the substances used for production of domestic medicines, import. We invited the government to consider a number of measures. For example, zero customs duty on imports of pharmaceutical substances,” – said Isayev.
Reshetnikov, in turn, noted that it is necessary in General to study the question of the customs tariff policy, as “it often happens that the import duties on finished products is zero, and the import of all component elements is not zero.”