The Ministry of Economy proposes to cancel the ban on the export of unprocessed wood and add new items to the list of timber and wood products, the export of which requires the certificate of origin. The relevant document has been published on the ministry's website for the discussion.
According to the ministry, some subjects of foreign economic activity evade the established restrictions by exporting products under the guise of such that do not require certification. No verification of the wood origin during the export makes it possible to legalize wood of illegal origin.
The document proposes to expand the list of timber and wood products, the export of which requires certification of the origin of timber and lumber made from them by certain headings of the Ukrainian Classification of Goods for Foreign Economic Activity (UCGFEA).
In addition, the Ministry of Economy noted that the temporary restriction on the raw wood export, which has been in force since 2015, violates the terms of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. As a result, the EU initiated arbitration panel on the dispute recommended Ukraine to take appropriate measures.
As it was reported earlier, in 2015, Ukrainian Parliament Verkhovna Rada passed a law banning the export of raw timber and lumber for 10 years. The ban on the export of timber (except pine) was implemented on November 1, 2015, and on other items on January 1, 2017.
In 2018, the parliament limited domestic consumption of raw timber to 25 billion cubic meters per year for the period of wood raw materials export.