The expiration of the temporary 13% extra charge on the import duty that applies to refrigerators and cars on September 7, 2009, will eliminate all controversial issues between Ukraine and the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ukraine's Economy Minister Bohdan Danylyshyn said.

"We have no conflict with the WTO," he told Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.

Danylyshyn said there was no need for the government or the Verkhovna Rada to pass any additional resolutions to settle the controversial matters.

However, the economy minister warned against passing new laws extending the temporary 13% extra charge or introducing new restrictions on import.

As reported, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers has decided to cancel a 13% extra duty on the import of a number of goods, apart from on cars and refrigerators.

The Constitutional Court later declared unconstitutional the delegation of such powers to the Cabinet of Ministers, however, the government and the State Customs Service said that the 13% temporary extra duty was only applied to the import of cars and refrigerators.

International financial organizations criticized the decision to limit imports, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) demanded that it be cancelled. The effect of the 13% extra import duty expires on September 7, and the government expressed hope that this would help Ukraine avoid sanctions from the WTO and its member states.


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