“Customs Union: New Opportunities or Treats for Business” workshop held in Almaty


Yekaterina Ionova

“Customs Union: New Opportunities or Treats for Business” workshop was held in Almaty.

Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus will enter the Customs Union beginning from January 1, 2009. As the participants of the workshop noted, a range of experts and businessmen emphasis high probability of problems, connected with unequal opportunities for Kazakh companies in competition with foreign companies.

Discussion of advantages and risks of entrance to the Customs Union, development of modern approaches to settlement of possible problems was held at the workshop. Efficient mechanisms of promotion of the competitive ability of the domestic business and economy were discussed as well.

The results of the discussions will be submitted to responsible state authorities and presented to the business community and society in form of proposals and recommendations.


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Single customs tariff, single trade policy in Customs Union in regard to 3rd countries

December 4. KAZINFORM

Muratbek Makulbekov 

The main elements of the Customs Union are appliance of the single customs tariff and unified trade policy in regards to the third countries, Deputy Director of the Department of Trade Policy of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Botagoz Kakenova said at the seminar “Process of the Customs Union Formation”. 

“All this envisages elimination of administrative barriers in the movement of goods between the countries of the Union. It also envisages unified procedures of customs regulation, that is unified rules of declaration, single customs regime and single rules of customs value determination», – B. Kakenova said.

According to her, eventually there are emerging preconditions for integration of customs territories of the Union member countries into Single Customs Territory. The control at the internal borders between the member countries will be withdrawn to ensure free movement of goods.  As a result this will expand the internal market and stimulate production in the Customs Union member countries