Russian commission extends zero import duties on widebody aircraft
Russia's Sub-Commission on Customs and Tariff Regulation and Protectionist Measures in Foreign Trade, chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister, Viktor Zubkov, recommended that zero import duties on widebody aircraft not manufactured in Russia be maintained (RIA Novosti, 27-Jul-2010). The sub-commission also proposed that zero customs duties be applied to aircraft with an empty weight of 90 tonnes to 120 tonnes. Zero customs duties are currently applied to aircraft with seating capacity of under 50 and over 300 (these aircraft are not mass produced in Russia). At its previous meeting, the sub-commission also approved a proposal that the same customs duties be extended to airliners that carry fewer than 250 passengers.