Monday, September 20, 2010

Ukraine Takes Dispute With Armenia To WTO

Under WTO protocol, Ukraine has requested consultations with Armenia concerning the importation and internal sale of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.  Ukraine alleges that Armenia's law "On Presumptive Tax for Tobacco Products" violates Article III of the GATT 1994, and paragraph 1.2 of Armenia's Protocol of Accession to the WTO, because it imposes a discriminatory tax on imported tobacco products.  Ukraine further alleges that 24% custom duties on tobacco products under this law are higher than Armenia’s WTO bound 15% rate. In addition, Ukraine complains that Armenia's law “On Excise Tax” also allegedly violates Article III of the GATT 1994 because it applies higher excise taxes on imported alcoholic beverages than on domestic products.

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