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EAEU extended car temporary import terms in light of COVID-19

EAEU extended car temporary import terms in light of COVID-19


At its meeting on September 11, the Eurasian Economic Commission's Council extended transit terms for cars and other vehicles of individuals in the Eurasian Economic Union's customs territory in light of persisting COVID-19 pandemic and possible emergence of the second wave of spreading coronavirus infection.

The Eurasian Economic Union countries supported the initiative of the Republic of Belarus on extending the relevant Decision No. 47 of the EEC Council dated April 29 this year until March 31, 2021.

Thus, the citizens having temporarily imported cars and other machinery are exempt, until March 31 next year, from the obligation to return them from the EAEU; therefore, such citizens will not be subject to administrative measures and must not pay customs duties.

The decision also applies to the citizens which have arrived from Kaliningrad Region on their own cars having undergone customs clearance on preferential terms and cannot come back home.

Moreover, the EEC Council suspended until March 31, 2021 an 18-month term for preferential duty-free import of personal assets in the EAEU customs territory by foreign citizens having acquired the status of a person moved to the EAEU for permanent residence, a refugee, or a forced migrant.

The decision applies to cases that arose or will arise from March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

This decision was adopted due to the inability of citizens to exercise their rights and fulfill their obligations in light of the measures taken in the EAEU to control coronavirus infection.​