CIS court accepts for examination Belarus’ suit against Russian export duty

A board of the CIS Economic Court on April 21 accepted for examination a suit filed by Minsk against the customs duty applied by Russia to exports of petrochemical products and “petrochemical raw materials” to Belarus, BelaPAN reports.

The case was classed as a dispute between the two member countries of the Eurasian Economic Community.
The Court has 30 days to hold an executive session to discuss the suit. After it, a date is to be set for the hearing.

The Belarusian justice ministry filed the suit on March 25, saying that international agreements concluded within the CIS and the Eurasian Economic Community, as well as bilateral agreements between Belarus and Russia “provide for duty-free trade,” while Russia has been levying an export duty on deliveries of “petrochemical raw materials” and petrochemical products to Belarus since January 1, 2010.