Import Licensing of Alcohol Products will be Abolished in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan after any of Them Joins the WTO

On August 16, 2011 the Commission of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan issued a decision ("Decision") that alcohol products will no longer be subject to import licensing requirements should one of the Customs Union countries join the WTO.

Ethyl spirits, strong beverages and wine would be among a list of alcohol products that will be completely excluded from the unified list of goods that are subject to import licensing clearance in the Customs Union.

The Decision will come into force the moment any of the Customs Union member states joins the WTO.

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