Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Shuvalov, at a press conference after a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Community stated that there remained differences on cancellation of export duties within the Customs Union. "The Belarusian side still believes that formation of the Customs Union, common customs territory leads to the abolition of customs duties in bilateral trade", Russian Deputy Prime Minister said.
«The Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan — I emphasize that this is not just a decision of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Kazakhstan also insists on it — believe that before the formation of Common Economic Space (CES) and enactment of all agreements, forming CES, each party has a right to levy export duties, when CES is formed there will be no such opportunities», deputy head of Russia’s government said, RIA Novosti informs.
He also stressed that Belarus «insists on that even today after the formation of common customs territory, this right disappears». In particular, the Belarusian side is in favor of cancelling duty on petroleum products in 2010, and on crude oil — from January 1, 2011.
As Telegraf previously reported, at a summit in Astana, the heads of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia signed a declaration on the entry into force of the Customs Code of the Customs Union. The Code will work in full regime from July 6.