Simplification of customs processes and documentation

Working together towards predictable and simpler import and export procedures.

  • Partner Project
  • Status: In implementation


In recent years, Ukraine has laid the foundation for greater integration of its domestic economy into international trade. Ukraine has been a member of the ‘World Trade Organization’ (WTO) since 2008 and has been part of the ‘Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area’ with the EU since 2016. This creates new opportunities for the country to strengthen foreign trade and thereby its own economy.

The reform of the Ukrainian customs code has provided momentum for Ukrainian trading partners but still some trade processes could become more efficient. The Alliance project contributes to Article 10 of the ‘Trade Facilitation Agreement’ of the WTO which outlines best practices regarding formalities connected with importation, exportation and transit.


The project aims at simplifying five trade processes:

  • Customs procedures: Promoting the acceptance of copies instead of original documents during import procedures and enabling uniform documentation requirements for importation at all border posts.
  • Postal and courier services: Improving communication and notification processes between customs and express couriers to facilitate import procedures.
  • Transport simplification: Establishing the use of the ‘Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road’ (CMR) for transport documentation.
  • Control simplification: Simplify import procedures for wood packaging.
  • Inward processing: Formalizing regulations for inward processing.

These processes were identified through consultations with governmental institutions as well as private sector representatives and will be compared and contrasted to international best practices including existing EU regulations. The project supports a joint process for the development of simplified regulations, accompanies the validation thereof in country with relevant partners and supports the sensitization and training of stakeholders.


The project addresses specific trade processes that have been identified as obstacles to cross-border trade. It aims at reducing trading costs by simplifying trade regulations and increasing the transparency thereof. Thereby the project will contribute to an improved investment climate.

The trade processes selected also address the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The measures do not only include the facilitation of low value shipments but are targeted to reduce time and cost of transactions which will in turn enable SMEs to trade more competitively.


The political counterpart is the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine. Other relevant stakeholders at government level are the Ministry of Infrastructure, the State Customs Service within the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Justice, and the National Bank of Ukraine. The project will also work with the International Trade Council – the Ukrainian format of a National Committee for Trade Facilitation.

The target group of the project are Ukrainian and European companies whose transaction costs can be significantly reduced through simplified trading processes. This will also increase the competitiveness of Ukrainian export companies. The German Alliance partner companies DHL, BASF and Metro were involved in the development of the project. Throughout the project implementation phase the private sector is consulted on a regular basis.


Whether you are a business active in cross-border trade or a governmental institution interested in learning more about the project and potentially becoming a partner, please reach out to us.

Contact person

Simone Berk

Project Lead

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


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