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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 celebrates 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 will be delivered by Stephan Kubiv, First Vice President & Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Chrystia Freeland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, 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 meet Ukraine. 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.

“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.

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

Webinar “Industrial Waste: Problems vs New Opportunities” will be held on October 12

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 will hold 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”

Time: Friday, October 12, 11:00 AM

The following issues will be 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

To participate please register:

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

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 will be held with the participation of Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vaschuk.

When? October 9, 16:00 to 18:00

Where? Hotel Vozdvyzhensky, st. Vozdvyzhenska, 60A, Kyiv

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 will be 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.

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:

Canadian part of training program “How to Export to Canada” has successfully completed

14 representatives of Ukrainian regional chambers of commerce and leading business schools took part in the Canadian part of the training program “How to Export to Canada” in the context of the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support project.

The participants attended two Canadian cities – Ottawa and Toronto, where they had the opportunity to meet with leading Canadian experts in such spheres as certification, phytosanitary control, law, import and export operations, taxation, logistics, customs, retail, etc.

Moreover, the participants visited Health Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Standards Council of Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Toronto Board of Trade and Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.

The main idea of all meetings – Ukrainian export to Canada is promising, because Canada imports a huge amount of goods – about $ 561 billion in 2017. The Ukrainian diaspora in Canada is about 1.3 million people.

The participants got certificates of successful completion of the Canadian part of the program from Elena Dinu, Project Manager, The Conference Board of Canada.

“Over the past two weeks, we had a unique opportunity to meet and communicate with highly skilled professionals, colleagues, representatives of Canadian government agencies and other organizations; get new, very valuable knowledge and experience. We believe that together we will promote the output of high-quality Ukrainian products on the Canadian market and increase the export potential of our country”, the participants of the training program noted.

After completion of the program in Ukraine and Canada, the participants, with the assistance of the CUTIS project, will launch pilot training for small and medium-sized businesses in their regions.

Webinar “Women in Business: Business Experience in Canada” will be held on 26th of September

Export Promotion Office and CUTIS project run a webinar within the She Exports platform.

Topic: Women in Business: Business Development Experience in Canada

Speaker: Victoria Umin, Senior Director, International Business Development at Ag Growth International (Canada), a leading international producer of grain handling and storage equipment. Victoria has been working in the company for more than 10 years and takes a direct part in international business development. You can find more here

Time: September 26, 17:00 – 18:00

What issues will be considered?

  1. What skills should be developed in the modern business in connection with global trends?
  2. What needs to change in business to be effective in the modern economy?
  3. What practical business development tips can you give?
  4. What to consider in the export plan for entering the Canadian market?
  5. Practical advice for women entrepreneurs, based on experience in Ukraine, Canada and other countries.

 Language: Ukrainian

How to join?

You can register at

1) Fill out this registration form:

– Fill in information about yourself and your company

– At the end of this registration form, write your questions to the speakers on the topics of the webinar in a specially designated field.

2) After this registration, you will receive a confirmation to the mail provided in the registration form, and online link to view the online broadcasting of webinars on the above schedule.

After completing this form, click SUBMIT to complete your registration

Contact person Alina Sevastyuk, +380674628282.

Want to learn more about exports to Canada? You can download the Step by Step Guide for free at

(Українська) Українські виробники одягу вперше взяли участь в fashion show на міжнародній виставці в Канаді

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(Українська) Українські виробники взуття відкривають канадський ринок

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Ukrainian furniture booth received Best New Exhibitor award at Canadian Furniture Show

On Friday, May 25, 2018, Ukrainian furniture booth designed by Sergey Makhno Architects received the Best New Exhibitor award at Canadian Furniture Show.

A jury of esteemed industry professionals has awarded the Meblica booth for going “above and beyond other first timers to create an impactful, well-displayed and well-branded space”.

Meblica booth included furniture of the following Ukrainian producers:

  • Cube44 (living room and office furniture)
  • ADK (living room and bedroom furniture)
  • Aqua Rodos (bathroom furniture)
  • Merx (kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture)
  • Instyle (kitchen furniture)
  • Stalkon (office furniture)
  • Blest (living room and bedroom furniture)
  • Snite (children’s furniture)
  • Kulik System (office furniture)
  • Renaissance (children’s furniture)

Read more about the concept of the Meblica booth designed by Sergey Makhno Architects

Ukrainian mission to Canadian Furniture Show 2018 was supported by the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support project funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

Ukrainian Furniture will be exhibited in the International Center of Toronto at the booths #2245 and #3507 until May, 27th. See more info at the Canadian Furniture Show’s website.

Two Ukrainian condos designed by Sergey Makhno Architects will be exhibited at the largest Canadian furniture show

On May 25-27 the largest Canadian furniture exhibition Canadian Furniture Show will be held in Toronto. This year as a part of the event two condominiums designed by the world-renowned Sergey Makhno Architects studio using only furniture from selected Ukrainian manufacturers will be exhibited.

According to Sergey Makhno Architects, condominiums will be executed in the style of “weighted eclecticism”.

“Here every object has its own character and its history. But at the same time – the space is holistic and harmonious. This is what we tried to achieve – each chair to remain in the leading role and not to “conflict” with the neighbor. The space to be cozy and inviting to stay”- said the founder of the design studio Sergey Makhno.

The Ukrainian stand will include the furniture of Ukrainian companies: Cube44 (living room and office furniture), ADK (living room and bedroom furniture), Aqua Rodos (bathroom furniture), Merx (kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture), Instyle (kitchen furniture), Stalkon (office furniture), Blest (living room and bedroom furniture), Snite (children’s furniture). Also outside the main booth furniture of  Kulik System (office furniture) and Renaissance (children’s furniture) companies will be exhibited.

Ukrainian producers will enter the Canadian market under the joint Meblica brand.

Participants of the mission were selected by Canadian experts according to the preferences of North American consumers and the potential of the companies to enter the Canadian market.

The mission of Ukrainian furniture producers to Canada is the part of the U CAN Export support program initiated by the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment support project and Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the Government of Canada.

“Furniture is one of the priority sectors of Ukrainian exports to Canada. After Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement entered into force import duties for Ukrainian furniture were canceled and the export process was significantly simplified. This gives Ukrainian producers a significant competitive advantage on the Canadian market, “- CUTIS project statement goes.

According to the experts, Ukrainian participants of the Canadian Furniture Show will demonstrate the high quality of Ukrainian furniture to Canadian partners and to establish initial contacts with importers of overseas.