This Agreement shall not affect the right of any of the Parties to take unilaterally such generally accepted measures of State regulation in international practice in the field of external economic relations as it considers necessary for the protection of vital interests or which are certainly necessary for the implementation of the international treaties which it is or intends to become, where such measures concern: the value, directly or indirectly, of goods of another Party covered by the application of this Agreement, internal taxes or charges exceeding the corresponding taxes or charges which estimate like products of domestic production or goods from third countries; 1. The Parties shall grant each other free trade agreements. The “Treaty between the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Government of the United States of America on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments” was signed in Washington, D.C, on 16 December 1994, and was ratified shortly thereafter by the Uzbek Parliament. However, the U.S. government did not act to bring this agreement into force. In 2004, Uzbekistan signed the Trade Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and four of its Central Asian neighbors – Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan The parties will be guided by the principles of equality, mutual benefit and interest and trade and economic relations between enterprises, regardless of their ownership model, on the basis of economic links, in compliance with the legal acts which exist in the States of the Contracting Parties. 3. For the purposes of this Agreement and its activities, goods coming from the customs territories of the Contracting States were considered to be goods determined by the rules for determining the country of origin of goods of 24 September 1993, approved by the decision of the Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States. (2) In accordance with point 1 of this Article of the Part, the general list of withdrawals from the free trade regime and the methods of application of such withdrawals shall be developed and approved annually. The Parties shall communicate regularly on the internal regime of external economic relations, including trade, investment, taxes, banking and insurance activities and other services, on transport and customs matters, including customs statistics relating to the Parties. Free trade agreements concluded between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan contain information that would open any commercial, commercial, industrial, commercial or professional secrecy, either commercial processes or other information the disclosure of which would be contrary to the interests of the State of the Party. Whereas the free movement of goods and services requires the implementation of mutually agreed measures which impose restrictions or special requirements on the import or export of goods covered by this Agreement which, in a similar situation, do not apply to like products of domestic production or goods from third countries, from 1 January 2016, Ukraine and the European Union began to do so, to provisionally apply a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. On 22 December 2015, the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union held consultations to discuss the impact of the agreement on the possible duty-free transit of goods from the EU to the EU via Ukraine.
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