In-Flight Duty Free To Be Launched At Minsk Airport And Belavia Planes

In-fligth duty-free services will become available at Minsk National Airport, the press service of President Aleksander Lukashenko reports.

Duty free trade on board of planes of Belarusian airlines engaged in the international carriage of passengers was given green light too.

Earlier, the authorities approved in-flight duty free shops at road checkpoints. The first shop was opened as an experiment at Byerastavitsa road checkpoint this June.

Passengers entering the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) could take advantage of the duty free services. Recall, the EAEU Customs Code provides for the possibility to organize duty-free trade on board a ship or aircraft.

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Due to changes in Belavia airplanes performing international flights, the duty free service will become available. Talks on the issue have been going on for the past several years.

When is the start date?

Duty-free trade on airplanes will presumably start in the first quarter of 2019, state customs authorities of Belarus report.

According to the officials, an experimental strategy with the interested parties and duty-free shops owners is already worked out. The unsettled issues remain with the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and trade organization.

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In this regard, it was stressed that the changes apply to Belarusian carriers perfoming international flights. That is Belavia Belarusian airlines.

“If, conditionally, there is a charter flight of Belavia from Gomel to Egypt or Turkey,it also may have duty free trade option,” Vladimir Orlovsky, the first vice-chairman of state customs authorities of Belarus said.