The European Council is proposing to exclude Russian and Belarusian fishery products from the next version of its autonomous tariff quotas (ATQs) scheme, which takes effect in January.

The autonomous trade measures for fishery and aquaculture products are designed to enable the EU fish processing industry to import non-EU raw materials for further processing at reduced tariff rates or duty-free.

The European Union relies heavily on imports for the supply of certain fishery products because EU fisheries and aquaculture production currently covers only 39 percent of its needs.