News Tag: CUFTA
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 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/).

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/).

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Ukrainian export to Canada has grown by almost 50% – ambassador Andriy Shevchenko

Ukraine and Canada will hold talks this year on extending the effect of the free trade agreement to the sphere of services and investment, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko has said in an interview with Ukrinform.

“The text of the free trade agreement between Ukraine and Canada stipulates that two years after its entry into force, we will review it and see how it can be changed or extended. We already have a political arrangement that the agreement will be extended to the sphere of investment and services,” Shevchenko said.

According to him, this is first and foremost good news for Ukrainian IT experts and “also for all other representatives of the Ukrainian tertiary sector, since in that case they will be able to work in the best possible conditions with Canada.” “The agreement will turn two years in August 2019, and we have every chance of expanding the sphere of its effect this year,” the ambassador said.

In the first three quarters of 2018, the export of Ukrainian goods to Canada increased by 48.5%.

“The free trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine has already met our expectations and continues to justify them. The exports of Ukrainian goods to Canada grew by 48.5% for nine months of last year,” Shevchenko said.

According to him, some unexpected sectors showed growth. “It is very pleasant to note the growth in the sectors, where we could not predict it. For example, last year Ukraine became one of the main sellers of apple juice in Canada. This is a highly competitive market, where Ukrainians have found a niche for themselves,” the ambassador said.

He urged Ukrainian entrepreneurs to continue to look for ways to enter the Canadian market. “I deliberately cite this example to encourage Ukrainians to look for new growth areas, because the free trade agreement removed the absolute majority of administrative barriers and removed tariffs, greatly simplifying the process of trade between the states,” the ambassador summed up.

As known, the Ukraine-Canada Free Trade Agreement entered into force on August 1, 2018. The agreement cancels 98% of tariffs for Ukrainian exports to Canada and 72% of tariffs from Canada to Ukraine. Over the next seven years, the latter will increase to 98%. The agreement also mutually opens up public procurement markets. Certain sections of the document protect electronic commerce and intellectual property.

Source:  Ukrinform

Start your export to Canada: new free training sessions for Ukrainian 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).

The training sessions were held in Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnitsa, Dnipro, Chernihiv, Lutsk, Kherson, Kyiv and Khmelnitsky.

We invite you to visit free training in your city:

January 17 – Sumy (https://www.facebook.com/events/376824589759585/)

January 23 – Kharkiv (https://www.facebook.com/events/2239363526390538/)

February 6 – Kropivnitsky (https://www.facebook.com/events/1845919805530749/)

February 21 – Odessa (https://www.facebook.com/events/374465973111381/)

February 27 – Mariupol (https://www.facebook.com/events/220735485547806/)

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!