Due to the creation of the Customs Union by the Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Belarus and Russian Federation, formerly separate customs territories of these countries are now combined in a uniform customs territory of the Customs Union.
Member countries of the Customs Union do not impose on each other customs duties and other economic constraints except for special protective, antidumping and countervailing measures.
Within the Customs Union there is a uniform customs tariff and other measures to regulate trade in goods with third countries.
The uniform measures of regulation are provided in the area of technical regulations, sanitary, veterinary and phytosanitary supervision, as well as in licensing.
In regards to some goods, there are certain prohibitions or restrictions on import or export between members of the Eurasian Economic Community and third countries. Such prohibitions or restrictions are implemented through compulsory licensing of exportation and importation of goods. With respect of other goods there is mandatory confirmation of conformity. In addition, the legislation the Customs Union requires certain documents such as special permits, notifications, certificates of state registration, veterinary certificates, expert opinions and other permits and approvals.
Please note that in practice there are numerous problems associated with inconsistency of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the legislation of the Customs Union, which is the reason why companies often need qualified legal assistance when implementing import or export within the Customs Union.
GRATA Law Firm’s experts have extensive experience in providing services within the customs legislation of Kazakhstan. We regularly summarise information about specific problems appeared in practice and opportunities to eliminate them.
Based on the results of our successful work and taking into account positive feedback from our clients, we have formed the list of services that can be provided by our team:
advising on licensing control in the territory of the Customs Union;
advising on the need of compulsory conformity assessment (conformity certification or declaration) of imported or exported goods;
advising on obtaining permits for import/export of goods;
obtaining permits, licenses, certificates of conformity;
representing clients in public authorities.
- advising a large foreign company on the import into the territory of the Customs Union of encryption (cryptographic) means;
preparation of a memorandum on the requirements to importation of encryption (cryptographic) means to the Republic of Kazakhstan for a leading communication foreign company;
advising a large Kazakh company on legal requirements of the Customs Union and Kazakhstan in the area of certification and licensing related to importation of cars and spare parts;
preparation of a memorandum on licensing and certification of imported goods in the area of information technology under the laws of Kazakhstan and the Customs Union for a leading foreign company;
advising foreign companies on the issues of importation of medical equipment and medicines to the Republic of Kazakhstan;
advising a major foreign research company on importation of medical equipment for laboratory studies to the territory of Kazakhstan;
preparation of a memorandum for a foreign company on the procedure of obtaining licenses and permits required for the importation of equipment for power plant construction;
preparation of legal opinion for a foreign trade company on the need to obtain the license for the importation of goods, as well as on the procedure and conditions of the goods certification.
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The EBRD supports the development and strengthening of local capital markets within the framework of the current reform program of Uzbekistan to ensure openness of the economy.
Требования Общего регламента по защите данных (General Data Protection Regulation) (далее - «Регламент» или «GDPR»), вступившего в силу с 25 мая 2018 г., применяются согласно его статье 3 (2) в том числе к контроллерам и операторам персональных данных, не учрежденным в ЕС, если они обрабатывают персональные данные субъектов персональных данных (физических лиц) находящихся в ЕС
We are proud to announce that Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, partner and head of GRATA International’s Real Estate, Construction & Insfrastructure, Telecommunications & Transport departments, has been named among the best real estate lawyers in the world and featured in WWL 2018: Real Estate for the second consecutive year.
GRATA International has cemented its position as one of the leading firms in Central Asia and Caspian region, following the release of major international legal rating Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific 2019. GRATA International has secured a ranking in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Общий регламент по защите данных (General Data Protection Regulation), принятый Европейским парламентом 17 декабря 2015 г. (далее - «Регламент» или «GDPR») вступил в силу с 25 мая 2018 г.
11 декабря 2018 г. пройдет Саммит Лидеров Рынка Инфраструктурных Проектов в г. Москва, Россия.
On 23 November 2018, Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner of the GRATA International law firm, spoke at the CLF 2018 Forum on Construction Regulation.
On 8-9 November 2018, the XIII Kazakhstan Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty.
On November 9, the Parliament passed a package of changes introducing simplifications in tax and business law aimed for entrepreneurs.
On November 14, President Andrzej Duda endorsed an act introducing 9% rate of corporate income tax (CIT) for small businesses as well as certain changes regarding tax deductible costs in case of acquisition and exploitation of passenger cars by companies.
On November 25 the provisions will come into force that will allow businesses to continue operations despite the death of the enterprise’s owner.
8-9 ноября 2018 г. состоялся XIII Казахстанский форум корпоративных юристов в г. Алматы.
В очередной раз GRATA International получила высокую оценку от Asialaw profiles, одного из ведущих справочников по лучшим юридическим фирмам в Азиатско-Тихоокеанском регионе.
For another consecutive year GRATA International received high appraisals from Asialaw profiles, one of
the leading legal guides to top law firms and practitioners in Asia-Pacific.
The importance of the so-called natural monopolies in Kazakhstan can be seen in the fact that some of Kazakhstan’s largest and most powerful corporate empires, such as the KEGOC (national transmission grid operator) and KTZ (national railway company), are officially subject to natural monopoly regulation.
22 октября 2018 г. Президент Российской Федерации подписал Указ № 592 "О применении специальных экономических мер в связи с недружественными действиями Украины в отношении граждан и юридических лиц Российской Федерации", согласно которому федеральным органам государственной власти, органам государственной власти субъектов Российской Федерации, иным государственным органам, органам местного самоуправления, организациям и физическим лицам, находящимся под юрисдикцией России, необходимо в своей деятельности исходить из того, что со дня вступления данного Указа в отношении отдельных физических и юридических лиц, определенных Правительством РФ, применяются специальные экономические меры.
On 22 October 2018, the President of the Russian Federation signed Decree No. 592 "On the application of special economic measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of Ukraine in relation to citizens and legal entities of the Russian Federation", according to which the federal government bodies, local authorities, organizations and individuals under the jurisdiction of Russia need in their activities to proceed from the fact that from the date of entry into force of this Decree special economic measures are applied in respect of certain individuals and entities identified by the Government of the Russian Federation.
IFLR1000 has released its 2019 rankings identifying leading firms and lawyers worldwide.
GRATA International has been ranked in 7 jurisdictions in Europe and Asia: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. IFLR1000 paid special attention to GRATA’s wide geographical coverage in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
Dmitri Papadopoulos, Executive Director of GRATA International Association - a Swiss Verein, was on an official visit to Almaty on 5 November 2018.
We are happy to announce that we have now become GRATA International Association - a Swiss Verein registered in Switzerland.
After successfully passing the exam and obtaining an advocate license, Shaimerden Chikanayev joined the Almaty City Bar and received the status of an advocate, granting him the right to protect the interests of his clients now not only in civil but also in criminal and administrative matters.
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner of GRATA International, gave a presentation at the trading session organised by the Malaysian Embassy in Kazakhstan for Malaysian companies interested in entering the Kazakhstani market.
The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) was launched on the 5 July 2018. It is a financial hub located in Astana, Kazakhstan. The aims of AIFC are to attract investment and bring in clients from Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
On 5 October 2018 Joint AmCham/BCC Career Fair was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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