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AstapovLawyers successfully protected the interests of Belarus importers

January 2012

AstapovLawyers International Law Group successfully protected the interests BelOil company, one of the main importer of Belarus petroleum products, in special investigation of the supply some petroleum productsto the Ukrainian market (gasoline, diesel fuel, liquefied petroleum gas etc.).

The investigation was initiated on January 2011 by the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry at the request of Ukrainian oil refineries that believe that the duties will help increase the processing of crude oil and modernize production.

In cooperation with attorneys at other importing companies AstapovLawyers have collected extensive evidence base that helped to justify the absence of such harm. As a consequence, there are no grounds for the introduction of specific restrictive measures against imports of petroleum products in the country.

As a result, the Interdepartmental Commission on international trade drew the conclusion that over the period of the investigation (2007-2010), imports to Ukraine of certain petroleum products (petrol of the A-76 (A-80), A-92 and A-95 grades, diesel fuel, fuel oil, heating oil fuel, liquefied gas, paving bitumen, and oil) were not conducted in such quantities and under such conditions that they caused or could cause significant harm to the domestic producers of similar goods.

The statement also states that "national interests do not require the use of special measures with respect to such imports."

"The decision of the Interdepartmental Commission clearly proves Ukraine's fully readiness to follow its previous commitments to the WTO, Free Trade Zone and other trade and economic organizations. By its actions, the Ukrainian Government has proven throughout the European community, that the rights of foreign investors and importers, as well as domestic producers are equal for the state" - said Oleh Malskyy, Partner at AstapovLawyers.


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