The licences and permits regime is reportedly excessive, even after cutbacks, and constitutes an obstacle to doing business in the country, as reported in the Investment Climate Statement 2013. Companies doing business in Ukraine report extortion in the process of obtaining business licences and permits. Business executives surveyed in the Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014 report that dealing with government administrative requirements can be relatively burdensome.
According to the Investment Climate Statement 2012, government officials responsible for issuing licenses often demand documents that are not compulsory, deliberately conceal information or try to confuse a potential business applying for a licensee. Officials may also delay the process of issuing documents in order to encourage businesses to offer a bribe in return for expedited processing.