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U.S. Restores Preferential Trade Terms With Ukraine


http://gdb.rferl.org/9bea6002-3fd9-47e5-9940-fd360cc5e54d_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/9bea6002-3fd9-47e5-9940-fd360cc5e54d_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) 23 January 2006 -- After a three-year break, the United States has reinstated preferential trade terms with Ukraine, citing Kyiv's recent efforts to improve protection of intellectual property rights.


Speaking in Washington, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman praised the Ukrainian government for what he called its "sustained efforts" to crack down on copyright piracy.


Last July, Ukraine passed legislation strengthening efforts aimed at stemming the illegal production of CDs and DVDs. Ukrainian law enforcement officers have since conducted several raids against illegal disc plants.


Under the preferential trade system, the United States exempts thousands of products from tariffs.


(AP, AFP)

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Croatia: Joined on 30 November 2000.
Georgia: Joined on 14 June 2000.
Kyrgyzstan: Joined on 20 December 1998.
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Moldova: Joined on 26 July 2001.
Romania: Joined on 1 January 1995.

Countries That Are Not Yet WTO Members:
Afghanistan: Submitted its application in November 2004.
Azerbaijan: Submitted its application in June 1997.
Bosnia-Herezgovina: Submitted its application in May 1999.
Belarus: Submitted its application in September 1993.
Iran: Submitted its application in July 1996.
Iraq: Submitted its application in September 2004.
Kazakhstan: Submitted its application in January 1996.
Russia: Submitted its application in June 1993.
Serbia and Montenegro: Submitted separate applications in December 2004.
Tajikistan: Submitted its application in May 2001.
Ukraine: Submitted its application in November 1993.
Uzbekistan: Submitted its application in December 1994.

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