Dear WTO Representative,
Hereby we would like to reiterate our request in regards to Ukraine's compliance with the WTO agreements. As you might be already aware, on June 3, 2008 Ukrainian parliament voted for the Draft Law No 2351-1. The latest version of the Draft Law No2351-1 envisions the deferred implementation of the ratified customs tariffs (as per the Ukraine's WTO accession protocol) until 01.01.09 for the following categories: meats, cocoa products, wines and motor vehicles (including trucks and buses). Therefore, the customs duties for imported cars will return to 25% (from currently effective 10%) till the end of the year. Should the Law become effective, Ukraine will breach its obligation before the WTO as per the Accession Protocol.
We would also like to bring to your attention the discrepancy in the effective tax regime, as it relates to the automotive industry in particular. The excise duty levied on the motor vehicles remains discriminatory against imported cars (please see Articles 149-152 of Working Party Report [WT/ACC/UKR/152]). Likewise, so called "initial registration" has not been removed and it effectively bans the import of used motor vehicles (see Article 169 ibid). Moreover, Ukraine's Customs started to push the idea of mandatory certification of imported vehicles quite aggressively (Articles 301-303 ibid). We feel that all of these initiatives are being heavily lobbied by certain members of the Ukrainian Parliament who are trying to protect their personal business interests, not fully realizing the potential consequences of such actions for Ukraine and its future in the global markets.
We would like to encourage the WTO and its members to proceed with any and all appropriate political and economic measures against Ukraine. We very much hope that this Draft Law will be vetoed by the President Yuschenko and returned back to the Parliament, although it is quite likely that there will be an attempt to overcome the President's veto.
We are looking forward to a clear signal from WTO to the Ukrainian government indicating the measures to be used against Ukraine in case of Ukraine breaching on its covenants and bilateral agreements with the Member Countries. Only such strict measures will help resolve the situation. Thank you very much!
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