News Tag: Canada
11 agri-food producers to represent Ukraine at SIAL Canada

In two weeks, Toronto will host the only Canadian national tradeshow offering up a complete range of food products, food-related equipment, and technologies – SIAL Canada.

On April 30th – May 2nd the Enercare Centre will gather under one roof more than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries. Among this variety of tastes, there will be showcased 11 Ukrainian producers united under the brand Made In Ukraine.

That will be the second confectionery mission of Ukrainian food companies in Canada arranged by the CUTIS project. And this time, thousands of buyers will meet not only the new names but previously known products as well.

Ukrainian products will be presented in two categories:

Chocolate, Confectionery, Cookies, Wafers and Crackers:

Honey, Organic Berries, Cereals & Edible Oils:

The upcoming mission for Ukrainian companies won’t be limited by only showcasing in the SIAL show. The participants will get useful tips on how to sell their products during the info sessions and will visit a number of local grocery stores during retail familiarization tour.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

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!

Ukrainian IT companies are ready to conquer the Canadian market

From April 1 to April 5, 12 leading Ukrainian IT companies visit Canada as a part of the ICT business mission. The five-day event includes a series of B2B meetings with Canadian business, seminars and panel discussions. The main goal is to help Ukrainian business to learn more about the Canadian IT sector as well as discuss possible cooperation with Canadian partners.

The following IT companies took part in the mission:

  • Active Audit Agency (cybersecurity services)
  • Taurus Quadra (development & customization)
  • Solution Mentors (development & Oracle database services)
  • Perfectial (SAAS apps & blockchain apps)
  • MindK (web development)
  • MAPGEOSYSTEM (digitalization & 2D-3D modelling)
  • La Soft (web & mobile apps development)
  • ISSP (manager security)
  • Inoxoft (UI/UX design & software development)
  • Edsson (software development outsourcing)
  • Davintoo Ukraina (hosting & implementation of collaborator)
  • Conterra (data continuity & recovery)

In Toronto, Ukrainian delegation visited MaRS Discovery District, Canada’s largest tech, and IT innovation hub. In the period of 2011 to 2014, the startup companies emerging from MaRS had raised over $750 million in capital investments.

The third day of the ICT mission to Canada, Ukrainian IT companies spent in Hamilton, a powerful industrial center. The Ukrainian delegation had the opportunity to visit CoMotion on King (one of the largest coworking networks in Southern Ontario).

The Ukrainian delegation also visited the DMZ accelerator – Ryerson University’s innovative business incubator for early-stage technology startups.

‘Thanks to the support and mentoring of the CUTIS project, we met Canadian companies and e-learning specialists. I am confident that these meetings will grow into a successful international eLearning partnership,’ Miroslav Botsula, Co-founder and CEO of Davintoo Ukraina said.

The ICT mission to Canada is the part of U CAN Export program provided by the CUTIS project.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

Ukraine significantly increased its exports to Canada – infographics

In 2018, Ukraine exported 78.2 million USD in goods to Canada – up by 50 percent in comparison with 2017.

If you compare the figures with 2016, the dynamics would be even more impressive – growth is almost three times.

Imports from Canada to Ukraine are also growing. It has increased from 299.2 to 333.1 million USD.

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) has a great impact on developing the volume of goods exporting to Canada. The agreement entered into force on August 1, 2017 and opened customs-free access to 98% of Canada’s market for Ukrainian companies. Canada’s situation is more complex. The duties were eliminated only for 72% of Canadian goods. The duties for the rest of 27% will be gradually reduced in compliance with transition periods – 3, 5, and 7 years.

Ukrainian footwear producers have made a breakthrough in the Canadian market

Six leading Ukrainian footwear producers took part in the Toronto Shoe Show on February 20-22. Overall more than 700 Canadian and European brands participated at the international exhibition.

Ukrainian shoe industry was presented by such well-known trademarks as:

  • Belsta (Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky, one of the largest producers of indoor footwear in Ukraine);
  • Caman (Brovary, stylish men’s and women’s shoes, specialized sports shoes);
  • KaDar (Lutsk, casual men’s shoes);
  • Kredo (Khmelnytskiy, winter shoes on EBA sole);
  • Litma (Khmelnytskiy, rubber footwear);
  • Olteya (Zhytomyr, women’s leather shoes).

Ukrainian producers have already taken part in the Toronto Shoe Show last August.  It has prompted the companies to work more seriously, and with greater dedication and better preparation. They took into account all the recommendations of Canadian expert of the CUTIS project Phil Zwibel and upgraded the models.

‘Five of six Ukrainian producers have already delivered their samples to Canadian buyers, now three deals are almost on a finish line. That’s a wonderful achievement after only 6 months of appearance in Canada. Because in order to succeed in North America you have to modify your products according to the market and customers preferences. I’m glad that Ukrainian producers overcame this way to consumers in such a short time,’ Phil Zwibel said.

Ukrainian companies were presented at Toronto Shoe Show under the export support program “U CAN Export” of the CUTIS project.

‘Free trade with Canada opens up new business opportunities for Ukraine which faces the challenge of diversifying export flows. The example of footwear producers demonstrates that Ukrainian product is a great combination of high quality and reasonable prices,’ Ihor Sanzharovsky, CUTIS Project Director in Ukraine concluded.

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) entered into force on August 1, 2017, and opened customs-free access to 98% of Canada’s market for Ukrainian companies. Canada’s situation is more complex. The duties were eliminated for 72% of Canadian goods. The customs tariffs for the rest of 27% will be gradually reduced in compliance with transition periods – 3, 5, and 7 years.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. The project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

Export to Canada: new training seminar for SMEs was held in Mariupol

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 27 in Mariupol. The event was organized by the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

The training in Mariupol brought together approximately 30 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors such as agriculture and consumer products, clothing and footwear industry, handicraft, jewelry and souvenirs, machine engineering, 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, export of organic products, use of e-commerce tools and market places for export of goods, post logistics, public procurement, etc.

Speakers:

  • Kostyantyn Ryzhkov, Project Manager, CUTIS
  • Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert, CUTIS
  • Tamila Dmitrichenko, expert of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CUTIS-trained trainer
  • Jana Tsuber, expert of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CUTIS-trained trainer
  • Tetyana Merkulova, Head of the Educational and Methodological Department of “International Institute of Entrepreneurship”, certified trainer on public procurement
  • Viktoriya Mikhailova, Manager for Coordination of Development of International Products` Projects at “Ukrposhta”
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify

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

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/).

Ukrainian Export Commodities Benefiting from the FTAs between Ukraine, Canada and the EU

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) and the European Business Association presented a report “Ukrainian Export Commodities Benefiting from the FTAs between Ukraine, Canada and the EU” on February 15.

The research was conducted by the experts of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the SE “Ukrainian Industry Expertise”, and supported by the CUTIS project.

According to CUTIS Project Director Brenda Lafleur, the main goal of the research was to support the development of Ukrainian export to Canada. ‘I met the authors of the report in Canada during their visit to Ottawa. In Ottawa they worked with the experts from The Conference Board of Canada. I am sure the results of the research will help Ukrainian businesses to find business opportunities and new niches both in the Canadian and European markets,’ Brenda Lafleur said.

Svitlana Mikhailovska, Deputy Director of EBA, paid attention to the importance of export diversification for Ukrainian business.

‘The results of the research help to identify the Ukrainian export commodity groups benefiting from three free trade agreements: between Ukraine and the EU, Ukraine and Canada, Canada and the EU. These trade agreements allow Ukrainian producers to import raw materials or export their products on preferable terms, mainly without paying any customs tariffs,’ Maxim Boroda, Senior Trade and Investment Analysis Expert at CUTIS said.

The research consists of two stages. At the first stage, Ukraine’s participation in value-added chains under FTAs between Ukraine, Canada, and the EU was analyzed. At the second stage, Ukrainian exports commodities benefiting from potential rules of origin cross-cumulation between Ukraine, Canada, and the EU were determined.

The research analyzed three possible value-added chains:

Option 1. A company imports raw materials from the EU, produces products in Ukraine and subsequently exports them to Canada. According to this business model, there are nine Ukrainian commodities benefiting from the FTA between Ukraine and the EU (DCFTA) and/or the FTA between Ukraine and Canada (CUFTA). In particular, apparel (including costumes), rubber and plastic products, and some machine engineering positions.

Option 2. A company imports raw materials from Canada, produces products in Ukraine and exports to the EU. According to the second business model, there are six Ukrainian commodities benefiting from the DCFTA and CUFTA. In particular, rubber and plastics, footwear, and some machine engineering positions.

Option 3. An EU based company imports raw materials from Ukraine and exports commodities to Canada. There are 28 Ukrainian commodities benefiting from the DCFTA and the CUFTA (mining, chemical industry, metallurgy, and machine engineering).

‘Although cross-cumulation is a theoretical opportunity at the moment, there are few successful cases of Ukrainian companies using preferable terms from both free trade agreements – the DCFTA and the CUFTA,’ Olzhana Rukas, Deputy Head of the Division of Regional and Preferential Trade Agreements, Department of Market Access and Cooperation with WTO, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine mentioned.

For example, one Ukrainian apparel producer, participating in the U CAN Export program of the CUTIS project, imports raw material from the EU and exports clothes to Canada.

Serhiy Kovaliov, Deputy Director of the Department of Export Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine summarized: ‘The research helps the Ministry not only to lay out priorities for Ukrainian exports promotion to Canada and the EU markets, but also to find out the best opportunities for investment in/outsourcing of production in Ukraine.’

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The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

Ukraine has doubled the export of agricultural products to Canada – Olga Trofimtseva

The prospects of trade development and cooperation between Canada and Ukraine were discussed during a meeting between the representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine and Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk.

Ukraine has increased the export of agricultural products to Canada almost twice. According to the acting Minister of Agrarian Policy Olga Trofimtseva, Ukraine exported agricultural products to Canada in 2018 in the amount of $ 9.9 million, while in 2016 it was only $ 4.9 million.

Import of agrarian products and food from Canada was estimated at $ 49.9 million in 2018. “Again, as I often point out, these figures are too small and do not reflect the opportunities of bilateral trade in agribusiness among our countries. Therefore, the main directions of work for us in the near future are increasing trade volumes and diversification, “Olga Trofimtseva said.

Ukrainian producers have substantially expanded the export of agrarian products in certain areas, in particular:

  • juices – $ 5.7 million (↑ 140%)
  • chocolate – $ 330 thousand (↑ 40%)
  • sugar confectionery – $ 160 thousand (↑ 32%)
  • water with sugar – $ 260 thousand (↑ 50%)

According to Olga Trofimtseva, in 2018, thanks to the Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement (CUFTA) Ukraine started to export to Canada such products as:

  • corn
  • dried fish
  • frozen fruits and vegetables
  • dried vegetables
  • some oilseeds.

“My position is that trade is only part of bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector. Therefore, the important issues in cooperation between Ukraine and Canada will be projects in the field of education and research, including such areas as bioeconomy and green economy, as well as cooperation in the field of agrotechnologies, “- Olga Trofimtseva said.

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) entered into force on August 1, 2017, and opened customs-free access to 98% of Canada’s market for Ukrainian companies. Canada’s situation is more complex. The duties were eliminated only for 72% of Canadian goods. The duties for the rest of 27% will be gradually reduced in compliance with transition periods – 3, 5, and 7 years.

Export to Canada: new training seminar for SMEs was held in Kropyvnytskyi

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 regions.

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

A training session “How to export to Canada” was held on February 6 in Kropyvnytskyi. The event was organized by the Kirovograd Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

Training seminar in Kropyvnytskyi brought together approximately 30 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors – agriculture and consumer products, agricultural machinery, clothing and footwear industry, handmade 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:

  • Nadiya Pshenychna, a leading specialist of the Department of International Affairs of the Kirovograd Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Viktoriya Mikhailova, projects development manager of “Ukrposhta”
  • Tetyana Kotenko, Head of the NCP “Horizon 2020”
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify

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 Odesa (February 21, https://www.facebook.com/events/374465973111381/) and Mariupol (February 27, https://www.facebook.com/events/220735485547806/).