There are more foods exported to Russia from Estonia than is officially admitted, Estonian producers using run-around routes, such as free trade zones, to escape double taxation. According to the Tallinn Business News newspaper, before the crisis of 1998, 40% of Estonian-produced foods were exported to Russia, the figure later to fall to 4%. The crisis caused many Estonian producers of foods to reduce output or even go out of business completely. In the meantime, the newspaper continues, Estonian food exports to Russia gradually return to where they were previously, although this is missed by official statistics.
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