To ensure the implementation of the Law of Ukraine No. 2530 “On Amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine and Other Legislative Acts of Ukraine concerning the Implementation of the “Single window” Mechanism and Optimization of Control Procedures for Goods Crossing the Customs Border of Ukraine”concerning the adjustment of the acts of the Cabinet of Ministers to this Law, the Government has amended the decrees of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 1822 of December 13, 2000 “On Measures to Follow the International Obligations of Ukraine related to its Accession to the Convention on the International Trade with Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora” and No. 953 of July 25, 2007 “On the Approval of the Procedure for the Issuance of Export and Import Permits for Samples of Wild Fauna and Flora, Certificates for Mobile Exhibitions, Re-Export and Introduction from the Sea of Mentioned Samples that are Subject to the Convention on the International Trade with Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora in the Part related to Sturgeon Fish Species and Products made of them”.What is it about?
According to the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 1822 of December 13, 2000, the State Ecological Inspection is responsible for state control concerning compliance with the Convention on the International Trade with Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (hereafter referred to as “Convention”) during the movement of samples of wide fauna and flora species through check points on the state border of Ukraine and on its customs territory in accordance with the valid legislation.
Prior to the adoption of the law No. 2530 this state control took place as part of the state ecological control.
Along with this, according to the amendments implemented by the law No. 2530 to article 202 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Protection of the Environment”, the State Ecological Inspection is now not responsible for the ecological control of goods and vehicles crossing the customs border of Ukraine.
Also, the law No. 2530 has implemented amendments to the laws of Ukraine “On Flora” and “On Fauna” commissioning the fiscal authorities to take over control over flora and fauna species crossing the state border of Ukraine that are subject to the Convention. As part of the customs clearance procedure, these authorities examine the availability of documents issued by the responsible authorities of Ukraine according to the Convention and provided by these authorities via the “single-stop” mechanism as per the Customs Code of Ukraine.
Thus, the adopted amendments are as follows:
· Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 1822 of December 13, 2000: instead of the State Ecological Inspection, ecological control has been delegated to the fiscal authorities that are now entitled to examine import and export permit for wild fauna and flora samples, certificates for mobile exhibitions, re-export and introduction from the sea of the mentioned samples that are subject to the Convention and to put stamps on the documents confirming their movement through the customs border of Ukraine.
· Decree No. 953 of July 25, 2007: the paragraph stipulating the transfer of the data on issued permits and certificates to the State Customs Service following the procedure set by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources jointly with the State Fishing Agency and the State Customs Service has been deleted, since this procedure has already been settled in the law No. 2530.
What is the benefit?
The above amendments will allow companies to have their import and export permits for wild fauna and flora samples, certificates for mobile exhibitions as well as for the introduction from the sea of the mentioned samples stamped by the body authorized to control the movement of flora and fauna species that are subject to the Convention to confirm their movement over the customs border of Ukraine.