Ukraine - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards
Ukraine possesses a complicated and costly food safety system inherited from the Soviet Union. Controls are implemented by various state agencies that often have overlapping functions. In late 2010 the Government of Ukraine (GOU) started a major reform of the regulatory system aimed at reducing the number of controlling bodies and clear separation of their authorities. Although GOU intended to finish most of the transformation by the end of 2011, the process is still in progress and may not be finished by that date. The authority scopes of both new and old agencies in transformation are provided in the report where possible. Due to ongoing reform these scopes are changing over time. So far the reform has not led to simplification of food import regime. The reader is encouraged to contact FAS/Kyiv should questions arise.