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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CAREC 2017 Energy Investment Forum (EIF) was held on 18-19 July 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan's 2020 Strategic Development Plan states that the use of renewable resources and energy sources is an effective method to diversity the country's economy. Kazakhstan is therefore creating incentives to develop wind power, solar and geothermal energy, and to introduce new technologies that will effectively use the country's water resources to provide the population with drinking water.
Please be advised that on 27 June 2017 the regulation on the Appeal commission of the Ministry of finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which will be operating from 1 July 2017, was officially published.
On 29 June 2017, Almaty hosted a seminar for business circles and businessmen of the EU and Kazakhstan on the BPCA, results of a preliminary analysis of the implementation of certain chapters and the provisions of Section III 'Trade and Business', and the opportunities open for business, as well as the key issues, which are on the way to effective performance of the broader partnership and cooperation agreement (BPCA) between the Republic of Kazakhstan, European Union and the EU member states.
On 10 June 2017, the International Specialised Exhibition 'Astana EXPO-2017' was launched.
On 14 June 2017, the Kazakh-Austrian Economic Forum and the Vth meeting of the Kazakh-Austrian Business Council was held in Astana as a part of the national day of Austria at EXPO Astana 2017.
Register of entrepreneurs (hereinafter – the ‘Register’) is a main electronic data source on all types of entrepreneurs. The procedures of maintenance and use of the Register are regulated by the respective rules.The Register is formed by the Ministry of national economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The 10th Astana Economic Forum was held in the Palace of Independence, Astana on 15-16 June 2017.
In 2015, a new pricing mechanism for construction projects was approved in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Keeping GRATA’s practice of informing clients on important legal developments that might influence their business, we would like to draw your attention to some important legal changes regarding implementation of construction projects.
The Agreement on benefits and exemptions for official participants connected with performance of the International specialized exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana, the Rules on performance of tax obligations by persons entitled to benefits and exemptions in accordance with the Agreement, effective 17 June 2017, as well as the Rules on application of special customs procedure provide for separate tax and customs regimes for EXPO-2017 participants.
Darya Ryapissova and Ibragim Kouky, lawyers at GRATA International, participated in seminars on FIDIC Contracts (International Federation of Consulting Engineers).
In Strategic Development Plan of the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2020, it is noted that one of the directions for successful diversification of the economy is the introduction of modern technologies based on renewable resources and energy sources.
Please be informed that the State revenue committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter – the ‘Committee’) provided a clarification in its Letter
on refund procedure of excess value added tax (hereinafter – ‘VAT’) within the framework of risk management system (hereinafter – ‘RMS’).
The Decision No. 46 dated 11 May 2017 of the College of the Eurasian economic union introduced changes to the ‘Procedure of introduction of amendments and (or) additions to the declaration on goods’.
On 10 June 2017, EXPO exhibition opens doors to its visitors.
This International Specialised Exhibition (EXPO-2017) to be held in Astana is one of the key national projects of Kazakhstan.
On 25-26 May 2017, the International "Astana Mining & Metallurgy" Congress & Expo took place, which is held for the eighth time.
On 19 May 2017, the Legal Forum for Dispute Settlement was held in Astana hotel 'Kazzhol'. The event was arranged at the initiative of 'Atameken' National Chamber of Businessmen and Lincoln Brown law firm.
On 19 May 2017, GRATA International arrange a workshop for KazMunaiGas titled: 'Corporate Law and Corporate Governance in Joint Stock Companies'.
On 24 May 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan English Law Day Forum was held.
The firm celebrates its 25th anniversary.
During the seminar, Assem Tnalina, Senior Lawyer of GRATA International, commented on investment and business opportunities in Kazakhstan, including corporate and tax regulations and work permits.
Continuing rapid development in Russia, GRATA International is glad to announce the launch of a new associate office in Saint Petersburg
GRATA International Kazakhstan office experts became the contributors of the 2017 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London
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