Introduction of special import duties on cars contradicts WTO norms, says lawyer Andriy Zablotsky
Kyiv, March 15, 2013
introduction of special import duties on cars regardless of the country
of origin contradicts the norms and practice of the World Trade
Organization (WTO), the head of the international trade law department at Volkov & Partners law firm, Andriy Zablotsky, has told Interfax-Ukraine.
WTO member has the right to introduce special duties after a special
investigation. Given the materials of the investigation, the Economic
Development and Trade Ministry did not consider the practice of the WTO
when conducting the investigation, as well as a number of important
factors that, according to the WTO norms, do not allow to apply special
protective measures," he said.
According to the lawyer, to apply
special protective measures it is necessary to prove a causal link
between the sharp, sudden and substantial increase in imports and a
serious damage made to national producers as a result of such imports.
should be mentioned that during the period of investigation in
2008-2010 car imports declined significantly, which, according to the
WTO norms, does not allow to conclude its negative effect. Moreover,
import prices were higher than the prices of national producers," he
In addition, Zablotsky noted that the ministry in its
report did not provide a list and the justification of the influence of
other factors on the national producers.