YEREVAN, February 21. / ARKA /. Protective and anti-dumping measures applied by members of the Customs Union will not affect the geography of Armenian imports, Ara Petrosyan, an aide to economy minister, said today.
He said as a member of the Russia-led trade bloc Armenia will have to enforce a procedure for use of special protective, antidumping and countervailing measures adopted by the Customs Union, which, according to analysis, contain no risk for Armenian businesses.
"Armenian companies do not import goods from those countries with regard to which the Customs Union applies protective and other relating measures. Therefore, there will not be a serious redistribution of markets,” said Petrosyan.
Armenia and the Customs Union are scheduled to start talks on Armenia’s membership next month. According to Armenian government officials, Yerevan will demand sweeping trade preferences for as many as around 900 types of goods imported to Armenia in a hope they will be exempted from considerably higher duties applied by the Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. -0-