An overview seminar for representatives of state authorities of the Republic of Uzbekistan, dedicated to the regulation of foreign trade, was held at the Eurasian Economic Commission. Representatives of the EEC trade block made a presentation on the measures of customs and tariff regulation operating within the EAEU and spoke about the specifics of non-tariff regulation.
“Deepening all-round trade and economic cooperation with the CIS member states that are not members of the Eurasian Economic Union is, in general, a priority of our international activities,” said Igor Nazaruk, Director of the EEC Trade Policy Department, opening the event.
He expressed confidence that Uzbekistan’s obtaining observer status in the EAEU opens up new opportunities for the country and will contribute to bringing trade and economic relations between partners to a qualitatively new level.
Representatives of the EEC trade block made a presentation on the measures of customs and tariff regulation operating within the EAEU and spoke about the specifics of non-tariff regulation. The Uzbek colleagues were informed about the application of anti-dumping, countervailing and special protective measures. We discussed in detail the issues of product labeling and electronic commerce, highlighted the topics of current and planned trade negotiations.
“Currently, a draft plan of joint activities of the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2021–2023 has been developed and is at the stage of approval. The events will include such forms of cooperation as information exchange, consultations, seminars and others, ”said Igor Nazaruk.
On the part of the EEC, the seminar was attended by the leadership of the Department of Trade Policy, the Department of Customs Tariff and Non-Tariff Regulation, as well as the Department of Internal Market Protection. On behalf of Uzbekistan, listeners were employees of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade, the Ministry of Finance, the State Customs Committee, the Uzstandard agency, as well as the Export Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade.
In 2016-2020, the total trade between Uzbekistan and the EAEU states doubled – from USD 4.5 billion to USD 9.4 billion. For 2020 – by 4.5% compared to 2019, while the export of the Union increased by 15.7%, and imports decreased by 20.5%.