European Union Requests Consultations in First WTO Case Against Russia

On 9 July 2013, the European Union (EU) formally challenged Russia on its recycling fee for imported vehicles by requesting consultations under the WTO dispute settlement system. This is the first WTO dispute initiated against Russia after less than one year of membership.

On 1 September 2012, Russia introduced a recycling fee, that is imposed on cars, trucks, buses and other motor vehicles. The amount of the fee is determined on the basis of the year of production, weight and other physical characteristics that may affect the disposal costs. It can range from approximately €420 to €2,700 for “new” vehicles and from about €2,600 to €17,200 for vehicles older than three years. For mining trucks, the fee amounts to €147,700.

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