On April 6, the Government approved the draft law “On amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine (in regard to the implementation of authorized economic operators and simplification of customs procedures)” which was elaborated by the Ministry of Finance jointly with experts and civil organizations.
The Ministry of Finance is adjusting the Ukrainian tax and customs regulations to the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (EUDCFTA). One of the steps in this direction is the above mentioned draft law aimed at implementing a platform for authorized economic operators in Ukraine similar to that working in the EU, which is an essential element in the customs cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.
Presenting the draft law, Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko pointed out that the introduction of authorized economic operators and granting this status to Ukrainian companies based on internationally acknowledged criteria will pose an effective tool to tackle corruption and administrative pressure on companies by the customs authorities. Also, the status of an authorized economic operator is the highest degree of trust to the respective companies which receive a preferential treatment and enjoy simplified customs procedures.
“The concept of authorized economic operators is the best practice in international trade which has not been implemented in Ukraine so far. This draft law will let significantly adjust our legislation to the EU standards, reduce barriers in international trade and thus reduce the price of import goods and improve the competitiveness of Ukrainian exporters”, Natalie Jaresko said.
According to the Minister of Finance, the implementation of authorized economic operators shall help improve economic and administrative framework for the customs clearance of goods and become an incentive for European companies to enter the Ukrainian market, which should result in a higher turnover of goods.