Building trade partnerships in the CIS region
This paper reviews the current status of trade integration in the CIS, giving details of trade flows and tariff and non-tariff barriers. It also covers other aspects of these FTAs, in particular, technical regulations and standards, rules of origin and commercial dispute settlement. Efforts towards regional integration among the countries of the former Soviet Union began almost at the moment the Federation disintegrated. The countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have since then concluded several agreements, mainly in the form of free trade agreements (FTAs) and customs unions (CUs) at bilateral and plurilateral levels. These agreements have secured a number of important objectives, including, in particular, the successful removal of tariff barriers among many of the most important trading partners.
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