Customs Union Code to take effect 6 July

The relevant decision is contained in a joint statement of the heads of Customs Union member-state made in a session of the EurAsEC Interstate Council (the Union State supreme body) in Astana on 5 July. The Customs Union regulations are introduced in the three countries on 6 July 2010. The regulations have been applied in Russia and Kazakhstan since 1 July 2010. The single customs territory of the three countries comes into force on 6 July.

Belarus Vice Premier Andrei Kobyakov told media what novelties are introduced in Belarus on 6 July. In his words, the situation will change dramatically on the Belarusian-Russia border. If the Russian side provided customs registration and customs clearance towards the goods from third countries in more than 11,700 positions before, then only particular goods will be subject to customs clearance from 6 July. “Any product entering the Customs Union and put into free circulation can cross the borders of the Union member-states without registration and clearance. Belarus can set up assembling plants and trade these products freely on the Customs Union territory,” Andrei Kobyakov said.

Besides, the agreements on the unified rules for technical regulations, hygiene, veterinary and phyto-sanitary requirements take effect on the same day. “All these agreements we have signed and ratified come into force on 6 July 2010,” the Vice Premier stated.

Thus, all the certificates and protocols of the research on compliance to the technical requirements of the products received at the Belarusian testing laboratories become valid in the Customs Union zone.

“Almost all the goods will move freely within the Customs Union territory. It will give an additional opportunity to attract investments in the country. The customs union with its 170-million-strong market is important for Belarus economic development,” Andrei Kobyakov said.

The heads of Customs Union member-state agreed to intensify the development of agreements on forming the single economic space between the three countries. All the documents will be worked out by 1 January 2011.

According to Belarusian portal