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Kazakhstan Set To Join WTO

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Kazakhstan finalized negotiations with World Trade Organization members on June 10, 2015, paving the way for the country's accession to membership. Read Full Story


Germany Says EU Open To Idea Of Russian FTA

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In an attempt to broker an end to the Ukraine crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the European Union would be open to talks towards the launch of free trade negotiations with the new Eurasian Economic Union. Read Full Story


Eurasian Economic Union Comes Into Being

by Tatiana Smolenska, Tax-, Moscow

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Eurasian Economic Union was established from the start of 2015, establishing a bloc of ex-Soviet states that will attempt to replicate the structure of the European Union, with an underlying objective of eventually expanding the Eurasian Customs Union set up in 2010. Read Full Story


Belarus Imposes 30 Percent Tax On Foreign Currency

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Belarus has imposed a temporary 30 percent levy on purchasing foreign currency, in response to increasing demand prompted by the financial crisis in neighboring Russia. Read Full Story


NZ Business Leaders Seek More Free Trade Deals

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Zealand business leaders and executives are calling for the nation to conclude a greater number of free trade agreements, with 81 percent identifying that new agreements would provide substantial opportunities for growth. Read Full Story


Serbia FTAs To Remain In Force Until EU Accession

By Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The head of the team negotiating Serbia's accession to the European Union has confirmed an agreement with the European Union that the country's free trade agreements with eastern states, and in particular Russia, will remain in force until Serbia becomes an EU member. Read Full Story


WB Urges Belarus To Rethink Taxation Of Energy

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The World Bank has put forward proposals for a reform of the "inefficient" heating tariff system in place in Belarus, in a report issued on July 25, 2014. Read Full Story


Belarus Does Deal With Russia On Oil Export Duty

by Tatiana Smolenska, Tax-, Moscow

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Russia has agreed that Belarus can retain USD1.5bn from export duty raised on oil products derived from Russian oil from 2015. Read Full Story


Russia Adjusts Law On Car Recycling Tax

by Tatiana Smolenska,, Moscow

Monday, January 13, 2014

Russia has changed the law on its vehicle recycling fee following complaints made to the World Trade Organization by the European Union and others. Read Full Story


Uzbekistan Joins CIS Free Trade Zone

by Tatiana Smolenska,, Moscow

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has ratified a treaty which makes Uzbekistan the ninth member of the free trade area of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Read Full Story



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