Preliminary Documentary Control

A preliminary documentary control (precheck) is a set of checking activities which consists of inspection of documents and data required for executing the State sanitary and epidemiological, veterinary and sanitarian, phytosanitarian and ecological control, and is performed by the Customs Authorities at the Ukrainian customs border cross points, in relation to the goods, including products and raw materials of animal origin that are crossing the customs border of Ukraine (Point 42 of Article 4 of the Customs Code of Ukraine).

For carrying out the preliminary documentary control of goods, a carrier or a forwarding agent or an authorised person should provide to a customs official documents and/or data that are required for carrying out an appropriate type of the State control, in particular, the following:

  • 1) for carrying out a sanitary and epidemiological control of food products (during importing goods into Ukraine, except transit forwarding) – an international sanitarian certificate, which is issued by an exporting country (the original of the document), if such a certificate is required by sanitarian measures;
  • 2) for carrying out veterinary and sanitarian control of goods:
    • an international veterinary certificate which is issued by an exporting country (the original of the document), (during importing good into the customs territory of Ukraine or transit forwarding);
    • attributes of the permission for importing into Ukraine of objects of veterinary and sanitarian control in cases specified by Article 83 of the Law of Ukraine On the Veterinary Medicine (during importing into Ukraine, except transit forwarding);
    • information on inclusion of goods into the State Register of veterinary biologics, feed additives, premixes and ready made feeds, in particular: a number of the registration certificate and date of registration (during importing goods into Ukraine, except transit forwarding);
  • 3) for carrying out a phytosanitarian control of goods, besides a wooden package material as a supplementary material for the goods that are classified under commodity item 4415 in accordance with the UCC FEA (during importing good into the customs territory of Ukraine or transit forwarding):
    • a phytosanitarian certificate issued by the State Authority in the sphere of quarantine and plant protection of an exporting country which certifies the phytosanitarian status of the goods (the original of the document);
    • attributes of the quarantine permission which is issued by the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine in accordance with Article 37 of the Law of Ukraine On the Quarantine of Plants;
  • 4) for carrying out an ecological control of goods:
    • a сertificate on access of means of transportation to transporting dangerous goods (the original of the document) (during importing goods into the customs territory of Ukraine or transit forwarding of dangerous freights in accordance with the Law of Ukraine On Transport of Dangerous Goods);
    • a сertificate оn training of drivers of vehicles that are forwarding dangerous goods (the original of the document) (during importing goods into the customs territory of Ukraine or transit forwarding of dangerous freights in accordance with the Law of Ukraine On Transport of Dangerous Goods);
    • attributes of the conclusions of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine, that the wastes included into the Green List of Wastes, are not eligible to the effect of Points 6-33 of the Provisions on the Control of Transboundary Transfer of Hazardous Wastes and Their Utilisation/Elimination, adopted by Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated July 13, 2000 N 1120 (Official Newsletter of Ukraine, 2000, N 29, p. 1217) (during importing goods into the customs territory of Ukraine or transit of hazardous waste);
    • information on inclusion of goods into the State Register of pesticides and agrochemicals, in particular, the following: a series, a number of the State registration certificate of and date of registration (during importing goods into Ukraine, except transit forwarding);
  • 5) for carrying out control over the movement of cultural values (during importing goods into Ukraine, except transit forwarding) — a сertificate of the right for exporting cultural values if this is prescribed by the legislation of the country, from which the cultural values are imported into the customs territory of Ukraine.

The attributes of the documents specified in this paragraphe (except of those that are issued by the appropriate authorities of foreign states and a сertificate on access of means of transportation to transporting dangerous goods and a сertificate оn training of drivers of vehicles that are forwarding dangerous goods) should be specified in a preliminary customs declaration (a prior entry). (Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated October 5, 2011 N 1030)