In 2018 Moldova did not take advantage of the quotas on meat, milk and dairy products, eggs, garlic and grape juice provided by the EU.
According to the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, in 2018 (data as of December 11), within the framework provided by the DCFTA (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area) of the mode of exporting products to the EU with exemption from duties within tariff quotas, table grapes - 10 thousand tons and 99% of fresh plums (9.8 thousand tons out of 10 thousand tons). The quota for the supply of apples (40 thousand tons) was used only by 5% (1.8 thousand tons). The quota for the export of tomato (2 thousand tons) was mastered only by 2% (40 tons), and according to the export quota of garlic (220 tons) there was no supply at all. At the same time, as in previous years, exports to the EU increased for certain product categories that fall under the anti-avoidance mechanism and provide an opportunity to exceed the maximum quota levels while arguing the reasons that led to this increase. For example, the export of wheat and flour with a quota of 75 thousand tons was exceeded by 501% - up to 375.8 thousand tons; exports of processed grain products with a quota of 2.5 thousand tons amounted to 9.7 thousand tons (+ 388%); exports of corn and corn flour with a quota of 130 thousand tons amounted to 456.8 thousand tons (+ 351%); sweet corn delivered in excess of the quota of 305% - 4.6 thousand tons instead of 1.5 thousand tons. Moldova was not able to master the allocated quotas for the export of pork, poultry, dairy products, whole eggs and egg albumin, processed dairy products. This is due to the fact that the national food security system is not yet fully aligned with EU standards, which does not allow the EU to accept animal products from Moldova (with the exception of bee honey). The quota for the export of sugar mastered by 75% (27.9 thousand tons out of 37.4 thousand tons); the quota for the export of barley and barley flour was mastered by 85% (59.3 thousand tons out of 70 thousand tons), and the quota for the export of cigarettes — by 2% (24 million out of 1 billion possible pieces). Recall the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) is an agreement between the EU and Moldova, which provides for preferential trade relations based on a mutually beneficial regime with the mutual provision of wider access to its markets compared to other trading partners. The Association Agreement, including the component of the DCFTA, Moldova and the EU was signed on June 27, 2014. It is being implemented from September 1, 2014.// 26.02.2019 — InfoMarket.