On October 1, Ukraine begins the application of international conventions

Today, September 5, 2022, the Ukrainian delegation led by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal participated in the 8th plenary session of the Ukraine-EU Association Council in Brussels.

During the meeting, a historic decision for Ukraine on the possibility of joining international customs conventions from October 1 this year was announced, thanks to which “without customs visa” will be launched.

“We welcome the invitation to Ukraine to accede to the Common Transit Convention and the Convention on the Simplification of Formalities in Trade in Goods. This was preceded by a resolute customs policy and consolidated government and business efforts with the support of international partners to deploy the electronic transit system for the operation of the Common Transit System (NCTS) in Ukraine at the local level. Simplifying the movement of goods between the 36 countries of the European region is extremely necessary at this time to promote Ukrainian exports in the conditions of restrictions caused by the armed aggression of Russia”said Minister of Finance of Ukraine Sergii Marchenko in his speech.

An essential part of the activity for customs integration with the EU has been the preparation of the necessary legislative basis, the adoption of several necessary laws and the introduction of the national application of the electronic transit system (NCTS) from March 17, 2021.

According to the results of the work in June this year of the EU final assessment mission, during which experts studied Ukraine’s readiness to join the Common Transit Convention and the Convention on simplification of formalities in the trade of goods, and the application of the NCTS at the international level, the mission recognized that Ukraine had made the necessary progress and was ready to accede to the Conventions.

The recent introduction of the relevant amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine, the adoption by Parliament and the signing by the President of Ukraine of the laws of Ukraine on accession to the two aforementioned conventions have enabled the government of Ukraine to submit to the Joint Administrative Committee for Conventions the instruments necessary for the accession of our State to these multilateral international treaties on August 31.

“The international application of NCTS will become the main tool for the rapid passage of goods through customs, and with the accession to international customs conventions and the initiation of relevant legislative changes, Ukraine will meet 81% of its obligations under the NCTS. “Association Agreement with the EU in the customs field. In general, we consider Ukraine’s accession to the Common Transit System as an important step towards future full EU membership”, said the Minister of Finance of Ukraine.

In addition, today in Brussels, Minister Sergii Marchenko signed agreements on Ukraine’s participation in the EU programs “Customs” and “Fiscalis”.

Further information

To date, the Common Transit Convention brings together 35 contracting parties, which have introduced uniform rules for the declaration and control of transit movements of goods using a common IT product (NCTS). Countries that have signed the Convention: 27 EU countries, 4 EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and 4 other countries (United Kingdom, Turkey, North Macedonia and Serbia).

NCTS provides an opportunity to establish an exchange of information at all stages of customs clearance of goods using real-time electronic messages and to increase the efficiency of using the risk analysis mechanism.

Joining the Convention on Common Transit and using the NCTS system will allow Ukraine to introduce the exchange of customs information, move goods under a single customs declaration between participating countries and introduce special transit simplifications.

Ukraine started applying NCTS in November 2020 – initially in pilot mode, and from March 17, 2021 the national application phase of NCTS started.

On August 25, 2022, Ukraine was invited to accede to the Convention on Simplification of Formalities in Trade in Goods.