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EEC Council expanded list of goods exempt from import customs duties and simplified requirements for certificates of origin

EEC Council expanded list of goods exempt from import customs duties and simplified requirements for certificates of origin

4/3/2020

On April 3, the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Council approved the list of critical imports in order to minimize the negative economic consequences of spreading COVID-19 coronavirus infection and prevent a shortage of socially important goods in the EAEU countries. They are granted tariff preferences in the form of exemption from import customs duties when importing to the Eurasian Economic Union States from April 1 to June 30 of this year inclusive.

The list has been made on proposals submitted by the EAEU countries. It includes food, agricultural and medical goods for which increased demand or short-term shortages due to the current situation can be observed in the Member States. Most of these goods are manufactured in the EAEU.

The list includes certain agricultural and food products (potato, onion, garlic, cabbage, carrot, pepper, rye, long-grain rice, buckwheat, juices and ready-made baby food), certain finished pharmaceutical products and medical goods (endoscopes, contactless thermometers, disposable pipettes and mobile disinfection units).

Moreover, the list of goods used for manufacturing medicines as well as medical products (it includes thermal bags, films for sealing bottles and medical freezers), the import of which is duty-free since March 16 to September 30 this year subject to confirmation of their intended purpose.

"We perfected the lists jointly with the countries’ governments and competent national authorities in a matter of days,"the EEC Trade Minister Andrey Slepnev noted. "Today, it is badly needed to take into account the change in demand on the part of our countries’ consumers, both the public and healthcare organizations. It is important to quickly respond to new challenges".  

The EEC Council has decided to temporarily simplify the use of Certificates of Origin Form A issued by developing and the least developed countries. This will enable using paper or electronic copies of certificates for six months and not submitting their originals during customs declaring procedures.

According to Andrey Slepnev,
"this measure will enable to quickly adapt the application of the EAEU’s Common System of Tariff Preferences to complicated environment created in light of spreading coronavirus infection, which will undoubtedly support preferential trade with the countries in need of economic assistance and simplify the procedure for customs clearance of such goods".

The decisions adopted by the Commission's Council are an important complement to the previously agreed set of measures and recommendations to control spreading coronavirus, preserve macroeconomic stability in the Eurasian space and maintain sanitary and epidemiological welfare.​