Economy ministry to recommend interagency commission for international trade revokes special duties on passenger cars
The Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine will recommend that the interagency commission for international trade should revoke the special duty on imports of passenger cars.
"The position of the ministry is that we will recommend that the interagency commission for international trade revokes the duty, so that we as a law-abiding member of the WTO will fulfill the decision and move forward," Ukraine's Trade Representative Natalia Mykolska said on Channel 5 TV on Monday.
She said that the ministry has studied the report of a group of World Trade Organization (WTO) experts under the case initiated by Japan, and came to the conclusion that the position of the WTO was justifiable. She also said that on Monday, the report of the group of experts was officially approved by the WTO.
In late October 2013, Japan initiated consultations with Ukraine regarded limitations levied in spring 2013 on passenger car imports.
The Japanese government says it believes that the measures were not consistent with the provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO Safeguards Agreement in terms of defects in the approval of the requirements for imposing the measures (increased imports, serious injury to the domestic industry, causal links, etc.), and defects in procedural requirements for imposing the measures.
On April 14, 2014 Ukraine cut the duties by one third and from April 14, 2015 they were cut by three times compared to the initial figure.