Parliament relaxes rules on importing defense products to Ukraine
The Ukrainian parliament has permitted tax free imports of defense products to Ukraine supplied as part of the contracts under the state defense order and agreements on the supply of defense products.
Draft law No. 1695 was supported at second reading by 257 lawmakers on Tuesday.
The law stipulates that knots, aggregates and spare parts supplied for use in the production of defense items, the end consumers of which are state defense order customers, will not be subject to imports duty.
This does not apply to similar goods that originated from a country that was declared an occupant country under Ukrainian law and/or a state-aggressor against Ukraine, or if they are imported from the territory of the occupant country (aggressor).
The procedure for importing and confirming the purpose of use is defined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
A list of goods meant for use in the production of defense items has been defined in line with the Ukrainian foreign economic goods classification.
In February 2015 the government approved the state defense order for 2015 worth some UAH 6 billion.
Around 15% of funds will be allocated to buying imported weapons.