MOSCOW, 21 April (BelTA) - The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) agreed to submit the draft agreement on a harmonized system to determine the origin of goods exported from the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to the domestic procedures necessary for its signing, the EEC trade team told BelTA following the meeting of the EEC Council in Moscow on 20-21 April.
“The agreement is designed to unify approaches of the Eurasian Economic Union member states in determining and confirming the origin of goods as they leave the customs territory of the EAEU, including given the export rules of origin in the member states. In addition to building effective work in declaring exports, the document will also facilitate the access of Eurasian goods to third country markets through the formation of unified mechanisms for documentary confirmation of origin of products exported from the EAEU and interaction of exporters with organizations that issue certificates of origin,” Member of the Board (Minister) for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Andrey Slepnev commented on the document.
The agreement will become the starting point for the introduction in the union of a system of self-declaration of origin, which will simplify the process of obtaining tariff preferences within free trade agreements of the EAEU with third countries.
“After the member states complete all necessary procedures, the draft document will be submitted for signing at the level of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council,” representatives of the EEC added.
Nearly 40 issues were included in the agenda of the EEC Council meeting. Belarus was represented by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko. The next EEC Council is scheduled for 19 May via video link.