Expert: Customs Union’s complex customs legislation reduces internal trade turnover

Business Materials 9 September 2013 20:36 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 9 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /

The cumbersome customs legislation affected the decrease in growth rates and Kazakhstan's share in the mutual trade with the Customs Union member-states, director of the department of the Kazakh National Economic Chamber Atameken Nailya Abdimoldaeva said at a round table on "Sustainable economic parameters and the efficiency of state governance" on Friday .

"Kazakhstan's rates amounted to 166.6 percent (a 12.7 percent share) in 2010," she said. "These figures hit 96.3 percent and 10 percent respectively in 2012."

She added that the analysis of the entrepreneurs' problems in the customs showed that despite the simplification introduced for trade between the Customs Union countries, in general, customs legislation has become more cumbersome and complex.

She recalled that two customs codes (federal and national) operate in parallel. There are about 40 international treaties, more than 900 decisions. This creates a lot of issues in the field of customs administration.

"Moreover, the Customs Code contains many excessive administrative barriers, the references to the national legislation, legal inconsistencies and inaccuracies," she added. "Therefore, a decision was made to make changes and additions. This work lasts two years and is not completed yet."