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Belarus introduced import licensing for certain types of chipboards

Belarus introduced temporary import licensing for certain types of chipboards and plaster products from outside the Customs Union. This is envisaged by Resolution No. 28 of the Council of Ministers as of 20 January 2015 which was published on the official web-portal. The document is effective from 1 February 2015 to 31 July 2015.

According to the document, one-time licences will be issued to import certain types of chipboards classified by codes 4410 11 100 0 and 4410 11 300 0 of the uniform Commodity nomenclature of foreign economic activity of the Customs Union, as well as products from plaster, classified by codes 6809 11 000 0 and 6809 19 000 0 single Commodity nomenclature of foreign economic activity of the Customs Union.

       “These limits are imposed to the import of chipboards which are now produced in Belarus in sufficient quantities due to the upgrade of the enterprises of Bellesbumprom concern,” the press-secretary of the concern Ruzhena Novitskaya explained. In 2013, chipboard production plant of JSC Ivatsevichidrev reached the design capacity. In May 2014, our plant was put into operation. Similar products are produced by foreign entity Kronospan… The country has the capacity of producing over 900 thousand cubic meters of chipboards per year, whereas the domestic market needs only 400 thousand cubic meters per year. Over 12 million square meters of plaster wallboard are imported to the country every year and over 6 million square meters are annually imported outside the Customs Union.

The introduction of export limits for plaster products was predetermined by the need to protect Belarusian manufacturers of these products. One-time licenses will be issued by the Ministry of Trade after the approval by Bellesbumprom concern and the Ministry of Architecture and Construction. Requests for the chipboard import licences are approved by Bellesbumprom concern and requests for the plaster import licences are approved by the Ministry of Architecture and Construction.

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