Ukraine has tightened the procedure for food exports to neighboring EU countries

07/05/2024
Ukraine has tightened the procedure for food exports to neighboring EU countries

Wheat is most common cereal crops and is the main source of food. Wheat is grown in many countries due to its resistance to different climatic conditions.



There are several varieties of wheat, including hard (for baking) and soft (for baking confectionery). Wheat flour is also widely used in the baking industry to make various products.

Wheat plays an important role in the diets of many people around the world and is a major source of energy and nutrients.

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“The verification procedure is the inclusion in the list of verified companies of those who are VAT payers. This is a mandatory condition. Those who successfully exported products and returned foreign exchange earnings are recognized as respectable (exporters - IF),” said the Deputy Minister and added that this internal Ukrainian procedure is aimed at maximizing the influx of foreign currency earnings into the country.

Vysotsky clarified that it is important for enterprises to be on the list of verified exporters, since this allows them to wheat export from Ukraine to EU grains and oilseeds and their processed products without any additional procedures and without obtaining a license.

According to his information, since November 10, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy added about 2.5 thousand business entities to the list of verified agricultural exporters, which have been verified and have the right to export without restrictions.

According to him, in case of violation of the rules for exporting wheat, corn, rapeseed and sunflower to Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, the enterprise is excluded from the list of verified exporters and can apply for inclusion in the list only after six months. Until this moment, the company will have to prepare a package of documents for each batch, obtain a license and confirm its integrity.

As previously reported, the duty-free trade regime between Ukraine and the EU, introduced in 2022, in the context of the reorientation of a significant part of Ukrainian agricultural exports to Europe, led to the settling of cheap food from Ukraine in its neighboring countries.

Under pressure from these countries, the European Commission was forced to take special measures in May 2023, banning the import of Ukrainian food into these states (specifically, wheat, rapeseed, sunflower and corn). After the ban ended in mid-September, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland, against the will of the European Commission, introduced prohibitive measures at the national level. Moreover, Poland has expanded the list of products prohibited for import to include rapeseed cake and meal, as well as corn bran, wheat flour and derivative products. Hungary brought this list to 24 product items. Kyiv responded by filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Currently, WTO proceedings are suspended for negotiations with the participation of the European Commission.