Tuesday, 18, December, 2018

The Ukraine’s Interdepartmental International Trade Commission (IITC) at its Monday meeting decided to stop the anti-subsidiary investigation regarding the import of new passenger cars originating from Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MEDT) reported.

“In the course of the investigation, the Uzbekistan Embassy in Ukraine presented official clarifications: according to the presidential decree of the Republic of Uzbekistan No.pp-800 dated August 21, 2008 - “Setting up of a foreign-invested enterprise”(General Motors Uzbekistan CJSC), Uzbek manufacturers were provided with waivers until the end of 2017, which starting from 2018 are no longer valid,” notes the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

The Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Trade also informed the commission that the bulk of exports of Uzbek cars exported to Ukraine are A-class small cars, which are not produced in Ukraine, the report says.

According to the State Fiscal Service and the State Statistics Service, in 2017, 13,940 new cars were imported to Ukraine, of which 2,823 were from Uzbekistan, and in January-August 2018, only 7,808 cars were imported, of which only 702 were from Uzbekistan.

Earlier, IITC launched an anti-subsidy probe into the imports of passenger cars from Uzbekistan, after a complaint was filed by UkrAvtoProm association.

After that, the media reported that Ukrainian pharmaceutical products are stuck at Uzbekistan’s customs post for several weeks with no explanation given by the Uzbek authorities, Ukrainian media outlets reported citing the Association of Employers' Organizations of the Medical and Microbiological Industry of Ukraine.

Among Ukrainian pharmaceutical companies are Yuriya-Farm, Farmak, Lekhim, Pharmkhim and others.

On November 17, a regular meeting of the Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan was held, during which, the deputy Rasul Kusherbayev appealed to the Prime Minister and asked about the measures taken against Ukraine. The deputy noted that imported goods from Ukraine can be replaced by goods from other countries. Abdulla Aripov stressed that Uzbekistan is pursuing a balanced and pragmatic foreign policy and hoped that the relevant organizations of both countries would settle this problem.

According to the National Association of Sugar Producers of Ukraine, as of November 30, Uzbekistan, a major importer of Ukrainian white sugar, has suspended imports from the country, Ukraine’s sugar union Ukrtsukor said on Friday. According to the Association, Uzbekistan-bound sugar rae not being unloaded and is not undergoing customs clear. This situation was cuased with the ban on accepting goods from Ukraine, the statement says.

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