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Ukraine Starts Free Trade With EFTA PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, June 2, 2012 KYIV, Ukraine, June 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The free trade agreement between the EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) and Ukraine came into force on June 1,

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Ukraine Starts Free Trade With EFTA
PR Newswire
KYIV, Ukraine, June 2, 2012
KYIV, Ukraine, June 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/
-The free trade agreement between the EFTA states
(Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) and
Ukraine came into force on June 1, 2012. Signed in
2010, the document regulates trade in goods and
services between the signees, competition in the
market, government procurement, investment, and
intellectual property rights protection.
According to the document, the parties abolish all customs duties on imports of a wide
range of products. Moreover, "no new customs duties on imports shall be introduced,"
reads the text. The agreement also provides for the gradual abolition of export duties. The
document includes anti-dumping provisions.
The agreement lists a set of objectives the parties mean to meet in the future -
liberalization of trade in goods and services, removing barriers in trade, increase of
investment opportunities, promotion of competition in their economies, as well as public
tender liberalization.
Concerning trade in services, each party takes upon itself the responsibility to ensure all
measures of general application affecting trade in services to be "administered in a
reasonable, objective and impartial manner." As for investment, the new document
guarantees the signees would avoid the imposition of restrictions to safeguard the balance
of payments.
In 2011 the bilateral merchandise trade between Ukraine and the EFTA countries reached
USD 1.2 billion, reports EFTA official Web site. Over the last decade the annual growth of
this indicator amounted to 19 percent. Furthermore, Ukraine is listed as the second most
important export destination in Europe outside the EU for the EFTA traders.
Ukraine mostly exports inorganic chemicals to the EFTA countries. The prevailing EFTA
export to Ukraine is fish and pharmaceutical goods.
In February 2012, Martin Zbinden, Head of Free Trade Agreement at the Swiss State
Secretariat for Economic Affairs, suggested that the trade volume between the parties
may double due to the new agreement, reports USPP. "It is important to educate
entrepreneurs regarding the new export opportunities [that open following the free trade
agreement]," he said commenting on the approaching introduction of the free trade
between Ukraine and EFTA States - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
So far Ukraine established free trade with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan, informs AUCC.org.ua.