President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has ordered the Trade Ministry to provide equal operation terms for all the traders in Belarus whether they are state or private, foreign or domestic ones.
Beginning 2016, Belarusian self-employed businessmen selling clothes and shoes have to start working in accordance with the new rules that came into force on January, 1. Lukashenka’s Decree 222 of March 16, 2014 canceled the previous benefits in the required package of accompanying documents for the goods and ordered to get for them not only consignment documents, but also a certificate for compliance with the Eurasian Economic Community.
“Take no notice of the strikes held by some self-employed entrepreneurs or whoever else. Last year we had everything arranged! We are not boys to be lead up the garden path. I am not the one to be fooled. We reached the agreement and should follow it,” Lukashenka said after hearing out a report by Trade Minister Uladzimir Kaltovich on Tuesday.
“We should realize that those, who bring in all sorts of fronts, even those of good quality from Turkey, China, Russia and so on, do harm to our economy, to light industry! If such things continue, it will not develop. Moreover, [some importedproducts are] without documents and certificates. Look, we are legalizing banditism and criminals acting like that! We arrest some people and put them in prison [for that], but let others do the same things,” Lukashenka stressed.
According to Lukashenka, market vendors will have to understand that certification is just the first step and promised that this field would remain under tight control. Self-employed businessmen always demand equal treatment; here is some equal treatment for you, the Belarusian leader added.
Representatives of entrepreneurs’ movement argued that the Russian market, where they bring cheap Turkish or Chinese clothing from, such documents are difficult to obtain. As a result, the businessman are fined and their goods are seized.