The second meeting of the expert group initiated by Ukraine in the world trade organization (WTO) about the ban by Russia of imports of Ukrainian railway rolling stock, turnouts and other railway equipment is scheduled for November, according to the Ministry of economic development (MEDT) of Ukraine.
“Final report of the expert group on this matter (decision on the merits) is expected in April 2018,” – said in a release the Ministry on the results of the recent WTO on July 10-11, the first meeting of the expert group.
“The Ukrainian side drew the attention of the group of experts that Russia has not put forward any counter-arguments that relate to the contested events. This is a clear indication that Russia used procedure of conformity assessment as a tool for preventing imports of Ukrainian railway products and blocking access of Ukrainian producers to the market”, – said Deputy Minister – trade representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolskiy .
The Ministry said that the first meeting of the Ukrainian and the Russian delegation, and third parties announced their oral statements and provided responses to the expert group to the additional questions on their positions.
The release noted that Ukraine continues to insist on the unreasonableness of such restrictions and the violation of the provisions of the General agreement on tariffs and trade 1994 and the Agreement on technical barriers to trade. Kiev stresses that allegations of Moscow on low-quality and the compliance with the safety standards of the Ukrainian wagons are false and baseless.
As reported, the dispute settlement body of the WTO at the request of Ukraine 16 December 2016 decided to create a group of experts to examine the dispute regarding the unlawful restrictive measures of the Russian Federation to the import of cars and railway equipment from Ukraine. The dispute was joined by Japan, USA, EU, China, Indonesia and Singapore as third parties.
Earlier in 2014, the Russian certification authorities have begun without sufficient justification to massively suspend previously issued certificates of conformity of Ukrainian producers, and also without the sufficient bases has restricted the issuance of new certificates.
In addition, Russia refused to recognize the certificates issued by the relevant authorities of Belarus and Kazakhstan, which is contrary to the provisions of the relevant technical regulations of the Customs Union.