New rules of import of animals and animal products to Ukraine

On November 24 , 2019 the new rules for importing to Ukraine of live animals, reproductive material, food products of animal origin, feed, straw, hay and side products of animal origin and products thereof came into force.

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Order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food #553 from 16.11.2018 replaces “Order 71” from June 14, 2004. The new rules were adopted with the aim to introduce systemic review and update requirements for imports, which did not meet modern realities of trade relations.

Major innovations are:

•             Ukraine now applies principles of zoning and compartmentalization (this complies with international practice of trade flexibility, when import of animals or products from zones or compartments, if not the entire territory of the exporting country is free from any animal disease, is allowed). As result, less diagnostic studies related to live animals will be required on the territory of the exporting country;

•             This document foresees reduction of the number of diagnostic tests of live animals to be conducted at the territory of exporting country. This will help reduce the costs of exporters and thus the price of imported animals for the Ukrainian farmers;

•             There has been change in the requirements for the origin of raw materials used in food production. According to the new rules, raw materials used in the processed food products should not originate exclusively from the territory of the exporting country, which is a significant relief for producers of food products;

•             Variety of products that can be imported to Ukraine has increased. Until now, the requirements for import of a number of product categories had not been defined which consituted a trade barrier. The new order introduces requirements for new categories of products such as: composite products, gelatin, collagen, colostrum, frog legs and snails, 33 categories of by-products and products of their processing and cultivation.

In addition to this, the State Service of Ukraine of Food Safety and Consumer Protection compiled a list of countries and establishments which have supplied life animals and reproductive material during the previous five years. This list is permanently located here:

http://consumer.gov.ua/Pictures/Files/Editor/document/реєстри/Перелік%20країн%2026.11.2019.doc

What does this means for Dutch exporters?

Please see the updated information on the page devoted to import rules of this website.

  • All veterinary (health) certificates which were agreed bilaterally by Dutch and Ukrainian CVOs for export of animals and products of animal origin from the Netherlands to Ukraine remain valid. However, some of them will be phased out by the new binding EU-Ukraine health certificates, or bilaterally agreed health certificates compiled in line with the new rules.
  • For example, as of January 15, 2020 the new approved health certificate for export of poultry meat from the EU to Ukraine, will fully replace bilateral certificate for export of poultry meat from the Netherlands to Ukraine.  The “pluimveeseparatorvlees” is not included to the EU-Ukraine certificate for export of poultry meat. There might be no possibility to export this product from the Netherlands until the new EU-Ukraine certificate for this product is approved.
  • Export of live animals or genetic materials from the Netherlands, for which there is no veterinary certificate bilaterally approved by the Dutch and Ukrainian CVO. Importers should contact State Service of Ukraine of Food Safety and Consumer Protection of Ukraine to acquire templates of certificates to be used as basis for compiling their certificate upon request on the basis of requirements laid down in the Order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and food #553 from 16.11.2018.
  • Export of feed and products of animal origin from the Netherlands to Ukraine, for which there are no bilaterally approved certificates in force, was temporarily suspended and now is restored with draft model forms published on the website of MEDTA.
  • After approval, model certificates will be published on the on the special page  of the website of State Service of Ukraine of Food Safety and Consumer Protection.

Please consult NVWA and your importer when planning your new shipment to Ukraine.

Full text of the Order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and food #553 from 16.11.2018  is available only in Ukrainian.