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The agreement on measures for regulation of access to the markets of the State Parties of the Customs union of goods and services from the third countries

of October 6, 2000

The government of the Republic of Belarus, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan which are hereinafter referred to as "Party"

confirming commitment to the Agreement on the Customs union and the Common economic space of February 26, 1999,

expressing the aspiration to provide accomplishment in full of all agreements and arrangements providing liberalization of conditions for mutual access of goods and services of one State Party of the Customs union in the territory of other State Parties of the Customs union which are available between the Parties (further in the text of the state),

considering that such liberalization shall be performed without prejudice to national systems of regulation of access to the domestic markets of the states of goods and services from the third countries,

recognizing need of prevention or minimization of the negative consequences by the Parties for economy arising owing to use by the third countries of the distinctions existing in their relation in levels of protectionism of commodity markets and services

believing that the Agreement is designed to promote creating favorable conditions for rapprochement and, eventually, unification of the trade and economic modes of the states concerning the third countries, agreed as follows:

Article 1

1. Provisions of this agreement are applied in the cases which are not provided by the arrangements existing within the Customs union between the states.

For the purposes of this agreement goods and services from the third countries are understood as the goods coming from the third countries and the services made and/or realized with participation of economic operators of the third countries through the territory of one of the states of the Customs union.

The parties at the same time are guided by the rules of determination of the country of goods' origin existing within the Customs union.

2. Before introduction by the Parties of single regulations, rules, procedures, rates and complete unification of any other measures concerning conditions of access to the territories of the states of goods and services from the third countries, each Party has the right to apply the measures directed to prevention of bypass applied by it died concerning access to its territory of goods and services from the third countries.

3. For the purposes of this agreement to determine measures as follows: the measures for restriction of access to the markets of one states on goods and services from other states applied on discrimination basis concerning the involved states, according to the procedure and on the conditions provided by this agreement.

4. For the purposes of this agreement content and procedure for introduction of the specified measures are determined in such a way that:

a) measures, according to provision of this Article, are applied only in case of existence of objective distinctions in the conditions of access to the domestic markets of the states of goods and services from the third countries, at the same time their content shall be directed only to elimination or minimization of the negative economic consequences caused by these distinctions;

b) shall precede introduction of the specified measures consultations of concerned parties for objective determination of spheres, the reasons and amounts of economic consequences;

c) introduction of the specified measures is performed according to Regulations on procedure for coordination of projects and decision making by the governments concerning the Customs union approved by the Decision of Council of Heads of Government under Interstate Council of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation of April 28, 1998 N 20;

d) the entered measures are temporary and are subject to immediate cancellation after elimination of the distinctions specified in Item

a) this Article, or achievement of mutually acceptable arrangements by the Parties;

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