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Framework Conditions and Barriers

Bureaucracy and Customs

A serious barrier to the market for Danish exporters to Ukraine is the heavy bureaucracy involving Ukrainian certification of products and a heavy custom system. Economic reforms are now top priority of the political agenda in Ukraine and deregulation is a key element. Therefore there is hope that the future will bring fewer barriers for Danish exporters and investors. For instance, the compulsory certification of Ukrainian food has been abolished in 2010.

Via the following link it is possible to look up the customs duty and find useful information about import regulations, e.g. documentation requirements.


Corruption Risk

Corruption can pose a serious barrier to trade and is making Danish companies lose orders in foreign markets. The focus on corruption and the requirements that companies are met with in this field are increasing rapidly these years. Hence, the Embassy offers counselling and simple tools to avoid corruption and reduce risks associated with investments in high-risk countries. Experience shows that knowledge and systematic risk management can prevent many of the corruption demands that Danish companies are exposed to. The Embassy can e.g. help with the following anti-corruption tasks:

  • Country specific information about corruption, including information about particularly exposed markets, sectors, and regions. 
  • Risk assessment on the basis of the company’s present and potential market situation. 
  • Help with identification and preliminary screening of agents, consultants, and distributors.
  • Help with preparation of contracts in which anti-corruption is incorporated.
  • Guidance in connection with public offerings. 
  • Access to a network of local organizations dealing with corruption issues. 
  • Information about relevant national and international anti-corruption legislation.
  • Assistance in relation to public authorities.

You can find further information about how companies can avoid corruption on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ anti-corruption portal. The special report on Ukraine may be found here.

You can find information on laws and guidelines on corruption from the Ministry of Justice at

The Trade Council Denmark (TCD) has implemented an internal anti-corruption policy establishing clear guidelines on how TCD staff is to respond to corruption and bribery. The internal policy is founded on a “zero-tolerance-principle” towards corruption and bribery. 

All TCD employees at representations abroad as well as in Copenhagen are obligated to report any knowledge of Danish companies involved in bribery. The same applies to the awareness of TCD staff, including locally employed staff, giving or receiving bribes. Reporting should be made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry will decide on further action including potential notification to Danish and foreign authorities and thereby possible reporting to the police. This applies regardless of whether the bribery has taken place in Denmark or abroad, and regardless of how the information came into TCD's possession. 


Read more about the framework conditions and barriers on the Danish language version of our homepage.

The Trade Council at the Embassy can be contacted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Meeting by appointment only. For further details, please click here.

More on trade barriers

At the homepage of The Trade Council you can read more general information on trade barriers.

Transparency International

The international organization "Transparency International" is one of the largest organizations in the fight against corruption.