Simplification of customs processes and documents

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) aims to simplify trade formalities which have an immediate positive impact for companies. Facilitating cross-border trade processes including the unification of documentary requirements and the acceptance of digital documentation are the major objectives of the project in Ukraine.


Ukraine has made considerable progress in simplifying and reforming the overall business environment. In 2016 Ukraine joined the ‘Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area’ with the EU and has since made considerable efforts to streamline its trade processes to international best practices. The country demonstrates the drive to further improve conditions for trade and to accelerate the integration into global markets. The modernization of Ukrainian government institutions as well as procedures contributes to achieving shorter, cheaper and more transparent import and export procedures while creating positive impact for traders, especially for small and medium sized businesses.


The project aims at simplifying the following five trade related processes:

  1. Customs documentation requirements: promote the acceptance of electronic documents and copies instead of original documents during import procedures.
  2. Documentation requirements during import: enable uniform documentation requirements for importation at all border posts.
  3. Customs notification for postal and courier services: improve communication and notification processes between customs and express couriers to save time and facilitate import procedures.
  4. Transport simplification in country: establish the use of the ‘Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road’ (CMR) in order to eliminate obsolete transport documentation and support digitisation of necessary transport documentation.
  5. Control simplification: improve risk management procedures for the import of wood packaging.

To simplify and optimise the processes, these are compared and contrasted to international best practices including existing EU regulations and standards. The simplified processes are implemented in line with government priorities such as the ongoing IT reform at the State Customs Service (SCS). To ensure sustainable and user-friendly solutions and to increase the private sector participation in the reform process, the project supports cross-functional Working groups on selected processes.


As a result of the project, relevant government institutions are equipped with regulatory best practices and skills to roll out improved procedures in the identified areas.

  • Transparent and uniform import and transport requirements facilitate trade for Ukrainian as well as international traders and thus improve the overall trading environment.
  • Actively involving the private sector, associations and individual companies to share their insights and expertise ensures that relevant trade processes are addressed in a practicable and user-friendly manner.
  • Modernization and digitization of government agencies increases predictability for stakeholders.
  • Ultimately optimization and digitisation of processes will lead to time and cost reduction for companies.

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Relation to the Trade Facilitation Agreement

This project contributes towards the implementation of the following article of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation:

  • Article 10.1: Formalities and Documentation Requirements

How to get involved

Do you work for a company with international supply chains? Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the project and the Alliance.