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Trade in Civil Aircraft

Regulation in the frame of WTO

Under the WTO civil aircraft trade is regulated by the Agreement on trade in civil aircraft. This Agreement is one of the optional WTO agreements, that is, WTO members enter into the Agreement voluntary. The agreement is open for accession by any WTO member.

The agreement, in practice, creates a free trade zone in the area of Trade in Civil Aircraft for the parties to the Agreement. That is, the countries-parties to the Agreement do not levy duties on:
  •      civil aircraft;
  •      aircraft engines, parts and components;
  •      spare parts;
  •      equipment required for their maintenance and for flight crews training.
This Agreement does not cover military aircraft. The agreement contains rules for the procurement of aircraft against government orders and procurement incentives, as well as for governments’ financial support of aircraft building sector.