Ukraine - Country Commercial Guide
Labeling and Marking Requirements

Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information

Last published date: 2023-01-11

Labels on nonfood items, as stipulated in Article 15 of the law “On Consumer Rights” № 1023-XII, must feature the following information in the Ukrainian language:

  • The name of the product;
  • The main characteristics such as volume, weight etc., rules and conditions for effective and safe use of the product;
  • Information about hazardous substances in the product;
  • Goods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and GMO-free goods must be labeled accordingly;
  • Information about the price (tariff), terms and conditions of purchase;
  • The date of manufacture of the product;
  • Conditions for storage;
  • Guarantee commitments of the manufacturer;
  • Usage and safety instructions;
  • The expiration date, shelf-life period and instruction for disposal after expiration, and warnings of consequences if the product is mishandled;
  • The name and location of the manufacturer, authorized importer or trader to be addressed for complaints, reclamations or after-sale service; and

Labels on food items as stipulated in Article 6 of the law of Ukraine “On Consumer Information on Foodstuffs” № 2639-VIII adopted on December 06, 2018, must include:

  • The name of the product;
  • Food contents (name of basic ingredients/additives/preserves/scents and other substances;
  • Any ingredients that may cause allergies (according to Annex №1 of the Law);
  • Amount of certain ingredients stipulated in the respective article of the law;
  • The weight/volume of the product in defined measurement units;
  • The expiration date (or production date and period of storage);
  • The conditions for storage;
  • The terms and conditions of use.
  • The name, address and telephone number of the official importer;
  • the country/countries (or place) of origin;
  • The name, address and telephone number of an authorized company to be addressed for complaints;
  • Actual alcohol content for beverages with an ethyl alcohol content over 1.2 %;
  • Information on the nutritional value of the food product;
  • a nutrition declaration (including energy value, the amount of fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, and salt);
  • Goods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and GMO-free goods must be labeled accordingly;

The Cabinet of Ministers by Resolution No. 234 dated 09.03.2022 determined that during the period of martial law, the Government allowed labeling of products and animal feed not in the official State language.

Food market operators who, due military actions, are unable to fulfill the requirements of the law regarding information on imported food products, may sell food products on the territory of Ukraine, providing information in a language other than the national language. At the same time, batches of the specified food products must be accompanied by mandatory information about the food product, written in Ukrainian.

Additionally, the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers #186 stipulates that due to forced changes in the recipe, which are associated with the absence or insufficiency of the corresponding raw materials, during the period of martial law, the mandatory information about the food product indicated on its labeling may differ from the actual parametric values of this product may also differ from the actual composition of this product.

At the same time, the consumer must be informed in any possible way about the presence of substances in the food product that can cause allergic reactions or intolerance.

Please read USDA’s recent Ukraine: FAIRS Annual Country Report issued on August 09, 2022 to learn about the most recent food safety regulations for commercial imports.