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18 April 2023, 14:53

Senators ratify Belarus-Syria agreement on mutual trade promotion

MINSK, 18 April (BelTA) – The bill “On the Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic on the Mutual Trade Promotion System” was adopted at the sitting of the ninth session of the House of Representatives of the seventh convocation on 18 April, BelTA has learned.

The draft law has been submitted to the House of Representatives by the Council of Ministers. The agreement between the government of Belarus and the government of Syria on the mutual trade promotion system was signed on 23 November 2022 in Damascus in order to protect the economic and social interests of the two countries, to increase the effectiveness of customs control of goods and vehicles transported between the parties, and to ensure the development of the mutual trade promotion system and its security.

The agreement stipulates that the mutual trade promotion system is based on the exchange of information on the movement of goods and vehicles in accordance with the technical conditions for the exchange of information. The transmitted information is formed according to the annex, which is an integral part of the international agreement.

In accordance with Article 3 of the agreement, the parties agreed on the following: the exchange of information will be carried out on the deliveries conducted by the participants in foreign economic activity to which the mutual trade promotion system applies. The customs authorities of the parties will develop and approve technical conditions for the exchange of information, and will avoid contradictions in relation to the agreement, which could harm the voluntary nature of such regulation in relation to participants in foreign economic activity who are not covered by the mutual trade promotion system.

The agreement stipulates that participants in foreign economic activities to which the mutual trade promotion system applies will receive the following benefits: priority procedure for customs clearance at border crossing points in accordance with the national legislation of the parties, simplification of customs formalities, where possible, including the allocation of separate lanes to reduce clearance time.

The State Customs Committee of Belarus and the State Customs Administration of Syria have been designated as the authorized customs authorities for the purpose of implementing the agreement.

The agreement stipulates that the customs authorities of the parties determine the list of competent customs officials authorized to carry out direct contacts. Firstly, in order to develop and agree upon technical conditions for information exchange and data processing and transmission technologies, as well as requirements for information protection; secondly, to resolve technical problems that have arisen in the course of application of this agreement.

Ratification and implementation of the agreement meet the interests of Belarus and will facilitate international trade, increase efficiency and reduce the time of customs control, which, in turn, can help increase trade between Belarus and Syria.

The bill complies with the Constitution, is compatible with legislative acts, and meets other criteria for evaluation of draft normative legal acts. Its adoption will not require financial expenditures from the national budget.

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