Moldova - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Barriers
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While overall Moldovan customs and trade laws are in compliance with WTO requirements, inconsistent implementation of WTO rules sometimes remains a barrier to trade.  These inconsistencies, such as the imposition of arbitrary requirements for additional certificates or permits, import restrictions for alleged food safety reasons, informal use of quotas on some imports, or discriminatory treatment of companies importing foreign-manufactured goods, can also present non-tariff barriers to trade.  Also, as part of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the European Union, Moldova is in the process of changing legislation to conform with EU measures.  With the country working toward EU accession after formally being granted candidate status in 2022, the transposition of EU core legislation and rules on trade and customs will deepen.  This leads to situations where companies have to comply with specific rules on food safety, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical standards, and product certification that may differ from those in the United States.