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22 Sep 2017

Belarus ready to operate under new EAEU Customs Code

MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) – No extraordinary situation is expected as the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) takes effect on 1 January 2018, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Belarus Yuri Senko told the media after presenting his report to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on 22 September, BelTA has learned.

“I am confident that there will be no stressful situation starting from 1 January. Our personnel and businessmen are ready to work in new conditions,” the head of the agency said.

Yuri Senko gave the Belarusian president the first copy of the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The document comprises all the international agreements of the five member states, and also a number of novelties that take into account the present-day economic needs. “It is a well-balanced document. A number of subordinate laws are currently being developed to accompany the document,” he noted.

Alexander Lukashenko asked what has already been done for the implementation of the document. “To what extent does this Customs Code correspond to the current realities? When it was in the works, certain compromises were made, of course,” the head of state said.

“In fact we already operate under the new document. Many of the novelties laid down in the new Customs Code have already been tested in Belarus. On 1 January 2018 the document will become our main guideline. We took into account the needs of our ministries and agencies responsible for the country’s economic performance, the interests of business associations who also took part in the development of the document. Some issues, however, have been left for domestic regulation,” Yuri Senko said.

According to the Chairman of the State Customs Committee, Belarus is more prepared for the introduction of the code than, for instance, Kyrgyzstan or Armenia who joined the union later. “A draft law of the head of state is being currently prepared to support the new Customs Code,” Yuri Senko said.


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