Grain and Oilseeds
Following the joint efforts of the Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the European Business Association and other NGOs, on 19 May 2015, Parliament approved in principle the Draft Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Plant Quarantine” (concerning administrative load reduction)” No.2655 dated 17 May 2015 (hereinafter – the Draft Law) that should significantly improve the business climate in Ukraine.
Background: For a long time in letters and during meetings with the state authorities, the EBA Grain & Oilseed Committee has been advocating the necessity to deregulate the plant quarantine sector.
We are glad to inform you that on 19 May this year the Draft Law was approved in principle stipulating the following:
- reducing time for preparation and issuance of quarantine and phytosanitary certificates by ensuring they are ready not more than 24 hours after the transport has been loaded. This measure is aimed at avoiding idle vehicle time;
- ensuring public access to information on phytosanitary measures in destination countries via the webpages of the central executive authority in the field of plant quarantine;
- implementing separate lists of regulated objects for import, export and re-export purposes; as well as for inland transportation control.
The business community welcomes such innovations as they could become a huge step towards deregulation of phytosanitary legislation, liberalization of business, increase of investment attractiveness in the agricultural sector and harmonization of the Ukrainian plant quarantine legislation with EU best practices.
The European Business Association would like to express our gratitude to the Deputies who began this initiative and all EBA member-companies who participated in its elaboration and implementation. At the same time, we will continue working towards the establishment of a favorable business climate in Ukraine.