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  • Ihor Petrashko: Due to the industrial free visa regime, Ukraine will become a platform for global production
    Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, posted 13 January 2021 10:00

    Now the EU is Ukraine's major trading partner with a share of trade in goods of 40.7% of Ukraine's total foreign trade. Our companies are becoming competitive at the European level, we are liberalizing the conditions and removing those restrictions that have remained since 2015.

    This was discussed during a broadcast on the channel "Pryamyy (Direct)" with the participation of the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine Ihor Petrashko.

    "In fact, from 2022 there will be no restrictions on trade in industrial goods with the EU. Which means no duties or quotas," the Minister stressed.

    He added that was not enough, so in October 2020, active work had begun on an industrial visa-free regime, which had not been conducted since the 2000s.

    "We can become a production platform. What is the problem that the platform isn’t used now? That’s because any product made in our country, if supplied as a component for a manufacturer in Germany or France, requires additional certification," explained Ihor Petrashko.

    That is, with "industrial visa-free regime" Ukrainian manufacturers and exporters will be able to mark their products with the European mark of conformity (CE mark) and sell them freely on the EU market without additional certification.

    So far, 15 online meetings of the mission on "industrial visa-free regime" have been held. This year, the mission will resume its work on January 15. The video conferencing schedule for January-February will be very tight.

    Specialists from the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture answer dozens of clarifying questions about how our systems of standardization, accreditation, metrology, market surveillance work, how technical regulations are developed, how technical committees work, and so on.

    In April, we will have a report that will allow us to move towards signing the Agreement.