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Lviv entrepreneurs learned about new opportunities for exporting apparel and footwear to Canada

The CUTIS project, the Canada-Ukraine chamber of commerce in cooperation with Ukrlegprom association, Lviv Business School and West Ukrainian Fashion Industry Cluster held a practical seminar in Lviv for Ukrainian companies interested in exporting apparel and footwear to Canada.

During the seminar, participants had the opportunity to learn more about the Canadian footwear and apparel market, as well as to get acquainted with specific features of product promoting in Canada.

The event brought together about 30 companies specializing in women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, as well as women’s, men’s, sports and children’s footwear.

Yuriy Samets, Chairman of the Board of the Western Ukrainian Fashion Industry Cluster and Tetiana Izovit, President of Ukrlegprom association, welcomed the guests.

Emma Turos, Executive Director of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and CUTIS project manager spoke about the CUTIS export portal, which will provide relevant information to Canadian and international businesses seeking reliable potential Ukrainian partners.

Olga Shtepa, CUTIS Project Coordinator, drew the attention of the event participants to the specifics of the Canadian business culture (download the presentation via the link). In particular, Olga Shtepa named 5 essential components for successful exports to Canada:

  • Website in English (native English)
  • Detailed information on costs and prices
  • Farewell to stereotypes
  • Getting rid of misconceptions about your product or service
  • Professional presentation of own products/services

Maxim Boroda, CUTIS Senior Trade and Investment Analysis Expert, told about features, trends, and consumer preferences in the Canadian apparel & footwear market.

It’s an interesting fact, in 2018, Canadian consumers spent CAD 7.8 billion on shoes, in particular, CAD 3.7 billion on women’s shoes, CAD 3.1 billion on men’s and CAD 1 billion on children’s shoes. In 2018, shoe sales in the Canadian market have increased by 3.7% in value.

During the same period, Canadians spent CAD 36 billion on clothing, in particular, CAD 18 billion on women’s clothing and about CAD 11 billion on men’s clothing. Consequently, the women’s clothing market in Canada is almost twice the size of the men’s market.

Maxim Boroda also presented practical export guides to Canada for apparel and footwear producers.

Vira Porovska, CUTIS Gender Expert, illustrated why gender-sensitive marketing is an essential requirement of Canadian consumers.

Oleksandra Brovko, CUTIS Senior Trade and Investment Policy Expert, clarified regulatory and labeling requirements for Ukrainian goods in the Canadian market.

Zoia Pavlenko, CUTIS Environmental Expert, explained the specifics of voluntary certification of Ukrainian products for the Canadian market and argued why environmentally sustainable production practices are competitive advantages in the Canadian market.

Borys Didai, KaDar Shoe Factory (Lutsk) export manager, told about the company’s entry into the Canadian market and the challenges facing Ukrainian manufacturers in this market. You can read the full KaDar success story via the link.

SheChampion: women entrepreneurs from Ivano-Frankivsk region discussed barriers in business and trade

Women entrepreneurship is often faced visible and/or invisible barriers. They may be related to external factors such as business development or entrance the international markets as well as internal barriers, for example, gender stereotypes in Ukrainian society.

To overcome these barriers and create a space for communication and knowledge sharing, a series of #SheChampion seminars is being organized by the CUTIS project in cooperation with regional chambers of commerce and industry.

The first meeting, held on April 11 in Ivano-Frankivsk, united more than 40 businesswomen, public organization representatives, and local authorities.

During the meeting, Vira Porovska, a gender expert of the CUTIS project presented a gender-based analysis of export barriers for small and medium-sized women businesses in 5 industries (apparel, footwear, confectionary, furniture, and IT services). Ms. Porovska also paid attention to those spheres where the number of women entrepreneurs is negligible.

Yevhen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, an official partner of the Shopify platform, made an overview of international e-commerce and presented the platform’s capabilities for small business development.

Ostap Pavliuk, owner of West Trade Group (medicinal plants) shared his own experience in developing exports to new challenging markets.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine. Next seminar will be in Chernigiv. Do not miss your chance!

Export training seminar for small business was held in Odesa

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of training pilots for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Ukraine’s regions. The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) and train SMEs to successfully export to Canada.

A pilot training “Practical aspects of export to Canada” was held on February 21 in Odesa. The event was organized by the Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business education center of Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

The training in Odesa brought together more than 50 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors such as agriculture and consumer products, alcohol and non-alcohol beverages, clothing and footwear industry, handicraft and jewelry, engineering technology and shipping industry, etc.

During this training seminar, the following issues were discussed: the CUFTA opportunities and benefits for Ukrainian businesses, development of an export strategy, searching for partners in Canada, tariff and non-tariff regulation of export to Canada, use of e-commerce tools and market places for export of goods, etc.

Speakers:

  • Kostyantyn Ryzhkov, Project Manager, CUTIS
  • Olga Kopylova, head of a business support center of the Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Yulia Pavlenko, Director of the Department of International Operations “Ukrposhta”, founder of the E-Export School project
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify
  • Dmytro Shvets, a lecturer at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, CEO of the consulting company Start Global

Please find more news and details of the following events on the Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/).

Entrepreneurs from Kharkiv learned about new export opportunities to Canada

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of training sessions for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the regions.

The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Area between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) for SMEs.

A training session “Canada as a trading partner” was held on January 23 in Kharkiv. The event was organized by the Kharkiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

Training session in Kharkiv brought together more than 70 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors – agriculture and consumer products, construction, clothing and footwear industry, furniture production, pharmaceutical and cosmetics production, etc.

During the program, the following issues were discussed: development of the export strategy, searching for partners in the Canadian market, tariff and non-tariff regulation of export supplies to Canada, logistics, development of marketing strategy, use of e-commerce tools, government procurement etc.

Speakers:

  • Daria Antonenko, expert of the sector of analysis and property valuation of the Kharkiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Alla Saypanova, head of the sector of analysis and property valuation of the Kharkiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Viktoriya Mikhailova, coordinator for international products development “Ukrposhta”
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify
  • Ekaterina Kolesnik, Head of sales department of ZAMMLER Ukraine Logistics Group

Please find more details of the following events on the Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/). Do not miss a training session in your city! The next city is Kropyvnytskyi (February 6).

Export training for small business was held in Sumy

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of trainings for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the regions.

The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Area between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) for SMEs.

More information, as well as a calendar of events you can find on the link.

This time we spent an extremely interesting and busy day in Sumy, where a training session was held. A topic – practical aspects of export to Canada. The event was organized in partnership with NGO “Young Scientists Council” and Sumy center for business information support.

Training in Sumy brought together more than 35 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors – agriculture, consumer products and alcoholic beverages, construction, clothing and footwear industry, industrial equipment, IT services.

Speakers:

  • Nadiya Kostyuchenko, Coach, Associate Professor of Sumy State University, NGO “Council of Young Scientists”
  • Dmytro Shvets, a lecturer at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, CEO of the consulting company Start Global – a strategy for entering the global markets and a systematic analysis of the Canadian market
  • Yulia Pavlenko, Director of the Department of International Operations “Ukrposhta”, initiator of the E-Export School project – e-commerce tools
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta – the opportunity of Shopify platform

Please find more details of the following events on the facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/). Do not miss training in your city! The next city is Kharkiv (January 23) and Kropyvnytskyi (February 6).

Export training seminars for small business were held in Chernigiv and Lutsk

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of training seminars for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the regions.

The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Area between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) for SMEs.

A training session is Chernigiv was held on November 28 in partnership with Chernigiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In two days, a training session is Lutsk was held in partnership with Volyn Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

During the events, the following issues were discussed: development of the export strategy, searching for partners in the Canadian market, tariff and non-tariff regulation of export supplies to Canada, logistics, development of marketing strategy, use of e-commerce tools, government procurement etc.

The participants of seminars also had the opportunity to ask questions to a businessman from Canada Anatoliy Nikula.

You can find more information and photos from Chernigiv seminar here and from Luts here.

Training seminar in Chernigiv

 

Please find more details of the following events on the Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/). Do not miss training in your city!