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, which 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 which 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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—Russian Federation – Recycling Fee on Motor Vehicles, Request for Consultations by the European Union, WT/DS462/1, G/L/1033, G/TRIMS/D/37, 9 July 2013 (Российская Федерация – Сбор на утилизацию автомобилей (DS462), Требование Европейского Союза о проведении консультаций, WT/DS462/1, G/L/1033, G/TRIMS/D/37, 9 июля 2013 г.
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