November 20, 2008
The Russian government is considering shortening the period for value-added tax (VAT) refunds to grain exporters to one month.
First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said that at a meeting on measures to encourage grain exports. The current period is 3 months and in some cases it may stretch to 180 days.
The Russian government is considering various other measures to help grain exporters, who are facing difficulties because a strong global grain harvest and the financial crisis have led to a drop in global prices for grain by more than a third, Zubkov said.
Analysts and importers forecast a further fall of grain prices, he added.