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(Українська) Столичні підприємці дізналися про нові можливості для розвитку експорту до Канади

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Webinar: benefits of apparel and textile environmental certification for Ukrainian manufactures

The CUTIS project held a webinar «Apparel environmental certification: additional opportunities on the Canadian market». You can watch the video via the link https://bit.ly/2zY1mUN on CUTIS YouTube channel.

It seems that the apparel and textile markets are completely harmless to the environment. In fact, it is not true. It is the second industry in terms of the negative impact on the environment after the oil industry.

Apparel consumers in developed countries pay attention to environmental certification. Responsible consumption is a noticeable trend in developed markets. For example, almost 86% of Canadians are ready to pay more for products that are eco and environmentally friendly.

What environmental labels are used in textile industry and what Canadian consumers pay attention to? According to our analysis, the OEKO-TEX® and GOTS labels have the greatest prospect in the textile industry not only in Canada but also in other countries.

According to Ruslan Shutov, regional manager of OETI Ukraine & MD, the OEKO-TEX® labeling includes analysis of raw materials, intermediate and final products at all stages of the production. Why a manufacturer should be interested in such labeling? Such marking has a high level of recognition among buyers and positively affects the level of brand trust and loyalty. It is also a considerable argument in B2B negotiation (especially for fabric manufacturers).

There are 18 Ukrainian companies with STANDARD 100 OEKO-TEX® certification. In particular, such well-known manufacturers of socks as “Dune-Vesta” (TM Duna) and Premier socks, as well as Novomoskovsk hosiery factory (TM Giulia).

Ksenia Butsa, the founder of organic SMPL underwear, shared the experience of developing small business in the field of organic clothing (yes, we have organic clothes and underwear in Ukraine:). SMPL underwear has more and more consumers on the Ukrainian market. Besides, the company wants to export its products. Right now it has negotiations with a partner from the Czech Republic.

Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project mentioned that environmental labeling is not just additional “paper”. It considers changing or improving all stages of production process. Such an approach not only saves money of the company, but also opens up new opportunities for business in developed markets, including Canada.

Moreover, OEKO-TEX® and GOTS certificates may be benefits for green public procurement and corporate sustainability supply chains.

Taking into consideration that Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may face financial challenges obtaining environmental certification, the CUTIS project proposes to reimburse 50% of certification costs. If you are interested in new opportunities, please contact environmental expert of the CUTIS project Zoya Pavlenko. Tel.:+38 (097) 167-21-07, e-mail: zpavlenko@cutisproject.org.

Entrepreneurs from Dnipro learned about new export opportunities to Canada

A training session “How to export to Canada” was held on November 22 in Dnipro. The event was organized by the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

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

The main goal is to tell the business about the prospects of export to Canada and the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA). More information, as well as calendar of events you can find on the link.

The training in the Dnipro has brought together about 40 entrepreneurs from such industries agriculture, production of plastic goods and food, furniture, chemical industry, industrial equipment, IT services, clothing and footwear industry.

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 etc.

In training took part:

Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert, CUTIS project

Victoria Mikhailova, chief specialist of the Department of international operations in “Ukrposhta”

Kateryna Vitkovska, expert of Etsy marketplace

Svetlana Cherevko, specialist of Export promotion center of Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Oleksandra Rachok, specialist of Export promotion center of Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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

To get more information about trainings please follow Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/). Do not miss the training in your city! The following events will be in Chernihiv (Nov. 28, https://www.facebook.com/events/193467934873221/) and Lutsk (Nov. 30, https://www.facebook.com/events/195173091418321/).

The CUTIS project started a range of free training sessions for SMEs in regions

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

The main goal is to tell about the prospects of export to Canada and the new opportunities opened for Ukrainian business by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA).

It is planned to hold 13 meetings. The first meeting was on November 6-7 in Ivano-Frankivsk.

The training in Vinnitsa will be held on November 15, (https://www.facebook.com/events/320342872100745/), in Dnipro – November 22 (https://www.facebook.com/events/246357566045966/), in Chernihiv – November 28 (https://www.facebook.com/events/193467934873221/).  

We invite you to visit free training in your city:

November 30 – Lutsk https://www.facebook.com/events/195173091418321/

December 6 – Kherson https://www.facebook.com/events/971366396405070/

December 11 – Kyiv

December 13 – Khmelnitsky

January 17 – Sumy

January 23-24 – Kharkiv

February 6 – Kropivnitsky

February 21 – Odessa

February 27 – Mariupol

The experts of the CUTIS project, the Canada Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, the Export Promotion Office, as well as representatives of business will take part in the training.

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

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

Additional opportunities from the CUTIS project for Ukrainian SMEs to enter Canadian market

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) provides additional opportunities for companies that are interested in the Canadian market.

CUTIS project can reimburse 50% of costs for:

  • resource- and energy efficiency audit for enterprises – helps to detect technical gaps, which wash out money, and plan activities for their elimination;
  • ISO 14001 «Environmental management systems» certification audit;
  • certification audit for receiving Canadian organic certificate (COR);
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification audit (applied for articles of wood origin);
  • OEKO-TEX certification audit (applied in light industry);
  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification audit (applied in light industry);
  • development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy for the enterprise.

Why is this important?

Identifying the losses of resources and energy may lead to a reduction of the final goods costs. This may help to be competitive not only in Canadian, but also in other markets.

The ecological marking, confirmed by a certificate, may help business to find new buyers of products. For example, almost 86% of Canadians are ready to pay more for environmentally friendly products.

Organic certification may help to successfully enter the Canadian organic goods market. Canadian organic market is the fifth largest in the world, it is estimated at nearly 5.4 billion CAD.

The ISO 14001, FSC, OEKO-TEX®, and GOTS certificates will be benefits for green public procurement and corporate sustainability supply chains.

Taking into consideration that Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may face financial challenges obtaining environmental certification, the CUTIS project proposes to reimburse 50% of certification costs. Do not miss your chance!

If you are interested in new opportunities, please contact environmental expert of the CUTIS project Zoya Pavlenko. Tel.:+38 (097) 167-21-07, e-mail: zpavlenko@cutisproject.org.

CUTIS celebrates the first anniversary of the CUFTA and kicks off the CUTIS Investment Roadshow

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project with the support of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Crossways MK Consulting Inc. have organized the first ever Investment Roadshow. The main objective of CUTIS Investment Roadshow is to develop Canada-Ukraine investment collaboration.

Investment Roadshow is part of the celebration of the first anniversary of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), which came into force on August 1, 2017.

CUTIS project celebrated the first anniversary of the CUFTA on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Design Exchange, Toronto.

Key notes were delivered by Stephan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister & Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and Zenon Potoczny, President, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

“The success of the CUFTA is measured not only by striking new trade deals but also by ensuring that our agreements actually deliver, and we are on the right track. Most recently, Brookfield Asset Management announced their support of the Lviv Innovation District IT park, which will include office buildings, campuses and labs, kindergartens, shopping malls and the Ukrainian Catholic University. This $160 million dollar, 10-ha IT park is the biggest infrastructure project of the Lviv IT industry and was initiated by a group of Lviv based international IT companies, such as N-iX, SoftServe and Global Logic and the Lviv IT Cluster.” said Zenon Potoczny, president, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

On Tuesday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 24th Toronto’s Bay Street players met Ukraine. 20 leading Ukrainian companies presented investment projects in four major sectors: Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Information & Communications Technology.

The event informed investors about large lucrative projects, shared insights of CEO’s and Ukrainian Deputy Ministers, and provided opportunities to interact with decision makers on both sides of the commercial and geopolitical coin.

The selected 20 Ukrainian companies have been reviewed and examined by Crossways MK Consulting Inc. Toronto, Canada and SP Advisors, Kyiv, Ukraine.  Estimated total value of selected projects is USD 1.5 billion dollars.

“We pride ourselves on showcasing the right companies to the right people and creating an immersive setting that will drive stronger investor engagement,” said Markiyan Markevych, president, Crossways MK Consulting Inc. “An important component of the Investment Roadshow is to market Ukraine’s potential, and encourage opportunities for economic growth for both partners.”

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 Export Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

The Canadian-Ukrainian Investment Roadshow started in Toronto as a part of the anniversary celebration of the Free Trade Agreement

A gala opening ceremony of the first investment roadshow was held in Toronto as part of the anniversary celebration of the Canada Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA).

The event was attended by more than 150 participants from business and public sector from both countries who appreciated the results of cooperation, as well as expressed interest in strengthening of the Canadian-Ukrainian partnership.

The representative of the Canadian government, Karim Morcos, spoke with a welcoming speech. Stepan Kubiv, First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine told about the dynamics of reforms and prospects of economic development in Ukraine.

“The success of the CUFTA is measured not only by striking new trade deals but also by ensuring that our agreements actually deliver, and we are on the right track”, said Zenon Potoczny, president, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

CUTIS Investment Roadshow is a new platform for developing cooperation between Canada and Ukraine in attracting investment.

During the next two days, 20 leading Ukrainian companies will present investment projects in four major sectors: Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Information & Communications Technology.

The event will inform investors about large lucrative projects, share insights of CEO’s and Ukrainian Deputy Ministers, and provide opportunities to interact with decision makers on both sides of the commercial and geopolitical coin.

The selected 20 Ukrainian companies have been reviewed and examined by Crossways MK Consulting Inc. Toronto, Canada and SP Advisors, Kyiv, Ukraine.  Estimated total value of selected projects is USD 1.5 billion dollars.

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 Export Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

How Ukrainian manufacturer can enter the Canadian organic goods market – presentation of the manual

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) and “Organic Standard” with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine presented the manual “I CAN EXPORT ORGANIC. Market Overview and Organic Products Regulation in Canada”.

According to Roman Vashchuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, who visited the presentation of the manual, at this moment, it is especially important to expand the range of Ukrainian products in the Canadian market.

“We hope that companies that use the information from the manual will be able to more effectively enter with their products to the Canadian market. We already observed positive dynamics in export in such spheres as furniture, footwear, textiles, and confectionery products. The activities of the CUTIS project bring real results, “said the Ambassador.

The growth of export of Ukrainian products during the first year of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA, came into force in August 2017) indicates that many businesses can use its benefits. Organic goods, whose production has a number of positive environmental impacts, are in high demand in Canada.

According to Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project, the Canadian organic market is currently the fifth largest in the world, about $ 5.4 billion CAD (FiBL & IFOAM – Organics International (2018): The World of Organic Agriculture Statistics and emerging trends).

The Canadian organic market has been growing steadily over the past decade, outpacing the average food industry. So far, many Canadians have not been interested in the organic sector: 2/3 of the population of the country buy organic products weekly. Moreover, the majority of these goods – organic food and beverages.

“Canada is one of the top 10 countries with the highest consumption of organic products. In 2016, Canadians consumed an average of 83 euros per person, “said Zoya Pavlenko.

All this opens great prospects for Ukrainian companies interested in selling their organic products in the Canadian market.

The Ukrainian organic market in the volumes is small. According to a study by FiBL & IFOAM, the sales of organic products in supermarket chains in Ukraine by 2016 amounted to 21 million euros, which is 143 times less than in Canada.

At the same time, the Ukrainian organic market demonstrates positive trends. According to Valentyna Zayets, Chief of the Department of Food Products Technology, Department of Food of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, there are 529 organic market operators, 304 are in agricultural production. Over the past 5 years, the number of organic producers has almost doubled. Organic production has been certified on more than 420 thousand hectares. This is about 1% of the total agricultural land in Ukraine. The rate of growth of organic production in Ukraine exceeds the world’s figures in 5 times, noted Valentyna Zayets.

“Organic production can be particularly interesting for small farmers,” she said.

As noted by Maria Makhnovets, a consultant on exports of organic products, the largest number of organic producers are concentrated in the south of Ukraine – in Odesa and Kherson regions. In the Odesa region, a cluster of companies specializing in organic production has been created.

Regarding the Canadian market, any agricultural product, called organic, is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Exporting organic products to Canada, it is necessary to pay attention to customs tariffs and requirements for packaging and labeling of organic products, which may differ from both Ukrainian and European ones.

Sergiy Galashevsky, Director of the certification company “Organic Standard”, told about certification of organic products in the Canadian market. He also paid attention to such an important moment as a reputation in organic production.

“On the one hand, producers engaged in organic production have a better “image” in the market and often have the best export opportunities. On the other hand, it is easier to spoil the reputation of organic production. One unscrupulous manufacturer is able to spoil the reputation of the whole sector”, – says Sergiy Galashevsky.

Please note that the CUTIS project selects organic products among other export directions, providing both advisory and financial support to Ukrainian organic producers. The project is ready to compensate 50% of the company’s costs for certification according to Canadian organic standards.

In conclusion, Sergiy Osipenko, founder of the Scientific and Production Enterprise “Institute of Texmash”, president of “Organic Farming Association”, shared real examples how to enter into the Canadian market with organic products processing technologies. Sergiy Osipenko’s successes prove that the Ukrainian organic producer can enter the Canadian market, providing high-quality products to the Canadian consumer.

You can see the photo from the presentation on the Facebook project page

Please note that on the project site you can download the online version of the manual by filling out a small questionnaire at https://bit.ly/2A1vZcm

The CUTIS project held a webinar “Industrial Waste: Problems vs New Opportunities”

Industrial waste is one of the most discussed environmental topics. Unfortunately, in Ukrainian realities, the business considers industrial waste as a problem rather than a potentially interesting additional market. Moreover, efficient waste recycling is directly related to the competitiveness of Ukrainian companies in international markets.

Where to find the buyers for the particular type of industrial waste? Who can explain the new regulations? There are a lot of problematic issues for Ukrainian business.

That is why the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Promotion (CUTIS) project held a webinar with Alexander Semenets, Deputy Director of the Department of Environmental Security and Licensing, and the Chief of the Department of Waste and Ecology Management of the Ministry of Ecology.

Topic: “Industrial Waste: Problems vs New Opportunities”

The following issues were discussed:

  • regulation of industrial waste management;
  • the market for industrial waste management and its further development;
  • prospects for investing in the industrial waste recycling sector;
  • ways to increase the efficiency of the industrial waste recycling

You can watch the video of the webinar here https://bit.ly/2ysbO6i

For additional information, please contact Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project. Tel: (097) 167-21-07. Email: zpavlenko@cutisproject.org

Presentation of the manual “I CAN EXPORT ORGANIC. Market Overview and Organic Goods Regulation in Canada»

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) and Organic Standard with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine have developed the manual “I CAN EXPORT ORGANIC. Market Overview and Organic Goods Regulation in Canada “.

The official presentation of the manual was held with the participation of Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vaschuk.

Why is it important?

The growth of Ukrainian export to Canada during the first year of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine shows that many businesses already have used its benefits. Organic goods are highly demanded in Canada.

Amount of the Canadian organic market is nearly $ 5.4 billion CAD, 5th in the world.

It has steadily increased over the last decade, fluttering the average figures of the food industry. So far, so many Canadians have been interested in the organic sector: 2/3 of the population in the country are buying organic products weekly. Moreover, the majority of these goods are organic food and beverages.

At the same time, Canadian regulations and certification of organic products are very close to the US regulations. This means that for the Ukrainian producers Canada can become a window to the organic market of the entire North American continent.

NB! The CUTIS project selects organic products among other priority sectors, providing both advisory and financial support to Ukrainian organic producers.

What issues were discussed?

  • The main trends of the Canadian organic market;
  • Correlation between market opportunities, sanitary/phytosanitary regulation and logistic aspects for finding business opportunities for Ukrainian organic producers;
  • The possibility of co-financing the certification of Ukrainian organic producers by Canadian organic standards.

You can find more information here https://bit.ly/2J6tQiB

Program (in Ukrainian)

Час Тема Спікер
15:40 –16:00 Реєстрація учасників
16:00 –16:20 Вітальні слова Роман Ващук, Надзвичайний і Повноважний Посол Канади в Україні

Валентина Заєць, начальник відділу технологій виробництва харчових продуктів Департаменту продовольства Міністерства Аграрної політики та продовольства України

16:20 – 16:45 Тренди ринку органічних товарів у Канаді Зоя Павленко, експерт з охорони навколишнього середовища, проект CUTIS
16:45 – 17:00 Експорт української органічної продукції в Канаду: на що звернути увагу? Марія Махновець, консультант з питань експорту органічної продукції
17:00 – 17:15 Органічне виробництво в Україні та сертифікація органічних товарів для експорту до Канади Сергій Галашевський, директор сертифікаційної компанії «Органік Стандарт»
17:15 – 17:30  

Досвід продажів до Канади

Сергій Осипенко, засновник науково-виробничого підприємства «Текмаш», президент Асоціації органічного землеробства (м.Херсон)
17:30 –18:00 Сесія питань і відповідей. Неформальне спілкування учасників.

Contacts: Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project. Ph: 097-167-21-07. Email: zpavlenko@cutisproject.org