Trade regulation in Ukraine is divided into tariff and non-tariff.

As part of Ukraine’s integration into the EU, the Ukrainian leadership is standardizing export procedures and removing trade barriers that slow down the development of trade. The Ukrainian government is creating reforms to simplify the business environment in Ukraine and attract foreign companies to the country.

At the same time, complex procedures for phytosanitary certification, labeling and licensing of products are still in place in Ukraine, and many foreign companies assess customs duties and trade regulation in Ukraine as inconsistent and discriminatory.

The Ukrainian certification system is regulated by:

  • the Law of Ukraine on Standardization;
  • the Law on Standards, Technical Requirements and Conformity Assessment Procedures;
  • the Law on Conformity Certification
  • the Presidential Decree “Regulations on the State Inspection for the Protection of Consumer Rights”.

These laws provide for the following compliance documents:

  • Technical trade regulations;
  • National (state) standards (DSTU).

Technical trade regulations are legal acts that establish mandatory requirements for products, services or production processes. The task of technical trade regulations in Ukraine is to protect the life, health and property of consumers, animals, plants and the environment, as well as to eliminate threats to the national security of Ukraine.

The regulations contain requirements for labeling, packaging, terminology in relation to a product, process or production method. As part of its implementation in the EU, Ukraine has adopted over 30 technical regulations based on EU safety directives.

National standards (DSTU) are documents containing characteristics and recommendations for products, production processes or services, the observance of which is not mandatory. The standard may also include requirements for terminology, labeling, packaging and applicable to a product, process or service. Standards are supporting documents to the Technical Regulations.