Geographical indications in Ukraine: prospects for exports and local development

The Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting analysed the prospects of expanding the list of Ukrainian products protected by geographical indications.

Soon Ukraine might finally expand the list of products protected by the geographical indications (GIs). The AA/DCFTA includes more than three thousand GIs from the EU, with only two Ukrainian GIs, wines Soniachna Dolyna and Novyj Svit. Regretfully, these two have only political rather than economic significance as both indications refer to the occupied Crimea. As a result, Ukrainian producers still do not have any proper experience in using GIs in the EU market.

In April 2019, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food approved the list of eight priority products that potentially might be registered as geographical indications in Ukraine and the EU. The new Ukrainian GIs products will include wines (Shabskyi, Yalpuh, Zakarpattia, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi), cheese (Hutsul) Sheep Bryndzya), watermelon (Kherson Watermelon), sweet cherries (Melitopol Cherries), and honey (Carpathian Honey).

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