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Grain and Oilseeds

30/ 05/ 2014

Following the lobbying efforts of the European Business Association (hereinafter – the Association), on 21 May 2014 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (hereinafter – CMU) adopted the Resolution “On Amendments to Appendix to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 5 October 2011 No.1031” No.140 (hereinafter – Resolution No.140) that, inter alia, cancelled the necessity to pass ecological controls during sunflower meal (cake) export.

Background: Under the CMU Resolution “On Approval of Provision for Control over Transborder Transportation of Hazardous Waste and Their Disposal/Removal and Yellow and Green Lists of Wastes” No.1120 dated 13 July 2000 (hereinafter – Resolution No.1120), in order to prepare an ecological declaration for the export of sunflower meal (cake), exporters faced a demand to give written confirmation from the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (hereinafter – Minecology) for each export contract stating that the trans-border transportation of meal (cake) does not contain hazardous waste and does come within the purview of Resolution No.1120.

It should be noted that sunflower meal (cake) does not come under the category of hazardous goods. Representatives of the State Ecological Inspection highlighted the necessity of receiving this conclusion in the Minecology, referring to point 4 of Resolution No.1120, which stated that “Determination of whether the waste, under the Green List of Waste subject to export or import, falls under the auspices of points 6-33 herein, or not, shall be given by the Minecology”. With reference to the large amount of foreign economic contracts concluded for the export of sunflower meal (cake), the necessity of such “formal” ecological control led to additional financial payments, as well as creating additional unreasonable delays in preparation of such goods for export.

Consequently, the adoption of the CMU’s Resolution No.140 facilitates a decrease of bureaucratic load for exporters and sufficiently simplifies doing business. This remarkable success was achieved due to continuous cooperation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and representatives of the Grain and Oilseed Committee, and will contribute to further deregulation and, consequently, the further development and prosperity of agriculture in Ukraine as a whole.

The European Business Association expresses its sincere gratitude to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for their active participation in solving urgent issues raised by the business community of Ukraine.

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