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Order of the State Committee of Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine on inspection of foreign producers is in conflict with WTO regulations

Interfax-Ukraine, Kiev, 17 July 2009

Order of the State Committee of Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine N 140 of 20 May 2009, prescribing that the imports of feedstock and products of animal origin are allowed only after corresponding inspection of a foreign enterprise-manufacturer, is in conflict with the commitments undertaken by Ukraine when entering WTO, according to the Attorney at Law and Senior Partner of Volkov Koziakov and Partners Law Firm Sergii Koziakov.
“WTO agreement on application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures anticipates reasonable time period starting from publication of any sanitary or phytosanitary rule to its entering into force to enable the producers form the exporting countries to adapt their products and production methods to the requirements of importing countries”, he said to Interfax-Ukraine agency.
S. Koziakov explained that in compliance with the resolution of WTO Ministers Conference dated 14 November 2001 the “reasonable time period” should be considered as the period of no less than six months.
Therefore, as the attorney at law believes, it is unrealistic to follow the requirements of the State Committee of Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine within a month after they have been issued.  
According to S. Koziakov, such actions will for sure result in the adequate measures of WTO against Ukraine on behalf of the countries exporting the products of animal origin.
It was reported that the State Committee of Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine had registered its order in the Ministry of Justice that prescribes mandatory inspection of enterprises, from which the products are being imported, by the specialists of the state authorities of the veterinary medicine of Ukraine followed by their relevant conclusions.
Previously it was allowed by the Ukrainian legislation to import products from the non-inspected enterprises having the European ID numbers.
The Order of the State Committee of Veterinary Medicine of Ukraine was published on 22 June 2009 in the Official Bulletin of Ukraine and, as explained in the letter of the Chief state inspector of veterinary medicine, will enter into force on 23 July 2009.
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