YEREVAN, February 18. /ARKA/. Armenia will submit to the Eurasian Economic Commission in early March the list of some 900 goods which it wants the Customs Union to allow it to levy its current import duties on and which will be sold only within the country, Deputy Economy Minister Garegin Melkonyan told journalists on Tuesday.
In his words, the preliminary list of these goods is already composed and discussed with representatives of Armenia’s major industries.
“The list is planned to be submitted to appropriate agencies in early March and negotiations, which may last several months, will start,” Melkonyan said adding that the list may be contracted.
He said that after deciding the list of goods, appropriate negotiations will be held also with the World Trade Organization to settle all details.
The deputy minister said that the list will leave no room for increase in prices for particular goods and raw materials.
“Preferential customs duties for the listed goods may be temporary, since customs duties for some goods will be going down in Russia until 2019 or 2020 and may become equal to the customs duties effective in Armenia now,” Melkonyan said.
Issues of the re-export of goods from third countries are planned to be discussed to prevent possible abuses, particularly to set terms for banning re-exports.
Melkonyan said that changes in customs duties will not reduce imports and may only change places from which these goods are imported.
In early September, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, made a joint statement, according to which Armenia has decided to join the Customs Union and to take part in formation of the Eurasian Union in the future.
On February 3 the Armenian government made public a “roadmap” to Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union. The 249-page document posted on the government’s website lists 262 administrative and legislative actions concerning 20 areas of government policy. --0----