New requirements on import of products of animal origin and animals have been approved
The European Business Association welcomes the adoption of the Requirements on import of live animals, food products of animal origin, forages, hay, straw, as well as by-products of animal origin and products of their processing.
They were approved in April by the relevant order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy N 553 and registered by the Ministry of Justice. The business community has been waiting for this decision for about three years.
The first draft of the Order was published in 2016. For a long time, it was passing the approval procedure and now finally is approved. This decision plays an extremely important role for international trade. After all, the norms that operated previously did not meet current realities. Therefore, it was necessary to harmonize Ukrainian legislation with international standards in order to implement the WTO Agreement on sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
Upon adoption of modernized standards, it is expected to increase the species diversity of products that can be imported to Ukraine. After all, this legislation did not establish requirements for the import of a number of categories of products, which created significant difficulties for business in international trade. Thus, the new order sets requirements for such new categories of products as composite products, gelatin, collagen, colostrum, frogs legs and snails, 33 categories of by-products and products of their processing.
In addition, imports of animals and their products from zones or compartments will be allowed, unless the whole territory of the exporting country is free from one or another animal disease. At the same time, the raw material must come from an area where, during a clearly defined period of time, no animal diseases were recorded (for each type of food of animal origin). However, the order does not establish requirements for the origin of raw materials for the production of food products exclusively from the territory of the exporting country, which is a significant relief for producers.
The chosen approach meets the requirements of EU legislation, has been working there successfully for a long time and will greatly facilitate business in Ukraine. The order comes into force six months after its publication – not earlier than the fall of 2019, as it has not yet been published. We thank the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and the State Procurement Service for their work and hope for the prompt publication of the document.