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Ukrainian footwear companies participated in Canada’s largest shoe show for the third time

From August 18 to August 20, Ukrainian shoe companies are participating in Canada’s largest Toronto Shoe Show.

This year more than 650 Canadian and European footwear and accessories brands are taking part in the exhibition.

As part of U CAN Export Support Program, the CUTIS project supported the participation of seven Ukrainian shoe manufacturers:

  • KaDar (Lutsk, men’s and women’s casual shoes)
  • Kredo (Khmelnitsky,  rubber footwear with EVA soles)
  • Olteya (Zhytomyr, women’s leather shoes)
  • Alisa-Line (Kharkiv, children’s rubber footwear)
  • Realpaks (Kharkiv, women’s and men’s rubber shoes)
  • Shoesprom Group (Kyiv, men’s and women’s shoes)
  • Stepter (Lviv region, men’s and women’s shoes)

This is the third shoe show in Canada for Ukrainian footwear business. Previous trade shows took place on August 2018 and February 2019.

The results of the first two exhibitions are positive. Six Ukrainian producers have already delivered their samples to Canadian buyers, and three deals are almost on a finish line.

Before the exhibition, the CUTIS project organized a meeting of Ukrainian business with Cougar shoe company, which has been successfully operating in the Canadian shoe market since 1948!

Besides, as part of the retail tour, representatives of the Ukrainian shoe industry visited several malls and shoe stores in Toronto, including Nordstrom, ALDO, Hudson’s Bay, Steve Madden, Brawns. Such an introductory tour is very important because it helps Ukrainian businesses understand specific of Canada’s footwear industry and consumers’ preferences.

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.

CUTIS to represent Ukrainian apparel manufacturers at Canada’s leading clothing and textiles exhibition

From August 19 to 21, the products of nine Ukrainian apparel manufacturers will be presented at the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada, the biggest international sourcing event focused on the Canadian and North American Apparel, Textile, and Fashion sectors.

In Toronto, CUTIS experts and the Canadian TFO expert invited by the project will present Ukrainian companies’ samples that are part of the export support program U CAN Export:

Ukrainian apparel products will be presented at ATSC for the second time. Last year, five Ukrainian brands participated in the ATSC fashion show.

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada is the great option to meet thousands of apparel & fabric buyers, sourcing directors, designers, merchandisers, retail chains, department stores, and more from Canada, the USA, and the world.

In total, more than 500 manufacturers from more than 30 countries will participate in the exhibition in Toronto.

After Toronto, the exhibition will take place in September in Europe and then in Miami, the USA.

New this year will be an expansion of categories to include technical textiles, machinery. ATSC features three days of sourcing, free seminars, and panels, fashion shows, networking, and inspiration.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to increase 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.

Apparel is one of the priority areas for the project. CUTIS implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

Ukrainian clothing aroused great interest among Canadian buyers and retailers – CUTIS Apparel Mission

From 1 to 7 August, seven Ukrainian clothing manufacturers, selected by experts from TFO Canada, visited Canada in the framework of the Apparel Mission, organized by the CUTIS project. Canadian experts gave preference to women-owned companies and companies implemented environmental standards. The mission was held in two Canadian cities – Toronto and Montreal.

During the mission, Ukrainian apparel companies had several business meetings with leading European clothing suppliers on the Canadian market. Business negotiations with Canadian retailers were also arranged. Besides, Ukrainian business had a chance to meet with Canadian apparel brands representatives.

The following companies participated:

Ukrainian products have sparked keen interest from Canadian buyers and retailers. The Canadian business highly commended the quality, interesting portfolios, and attractive prices of Ukrainian clothing.

According to Olga Shtepa, CUTIS project coordinator, thanks to the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) and the abolition of import duties, Ukrainian clothing has 18% advantage on the Canadian market compared to imports from such powerful global players as, for instance, China. Therefore, Ukrainian clothing can and should be presented and successfully sold on the Canadian market.

‘The interest of the Canadian companies in the Ukrainian apparel is very high, several participants of the mission received trial orders. Now everything depends on the Ukrainian manufacturers, their ability to use the opportunity to develop cooperation with Canadians and expand exports to the extremely promising Canadian market,’ Olga Shtepa said.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to increase 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.

Apparel is one of the priority areas for the project. CUTIS implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

In August 2018, with the assistance of the project, eight Ukrainian apparel manufacturers took part in the international exhibition Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada, which united more than 500 apparel manufacturers from more than 20 countries.

In July 2019, Ukraine House Toronto official opening guests enjoyed the Fashion Show of six famous Ukrainian apparel companies. RITO and Andre Tan companies, which participate in CUTIS export support program U CAN Export, also took part in the show and presented their latest collections.

Ukrainian clothing manufacturers to meet with Canadian buyers and retailers

From 1 to 7 August, Ukrainian clothing manufacturers, selected by experts from TFO Canada, will visit Canada in the framework of the Apparel Mission, organized by the CUTIS project. Canadian experts gave preference to women-owned companies and companies implemented environmental standards. The mission will be held in two Canadian cities – Toronto and Montreal.

During the mission, Ukrainian apparel companies will have a number of business meetings with leading European clothing suppliers on the Canadian market. Business negotiations with Canadian retailers are also arranged. Besides, Ukrainian business will be a chance to meet with representatives of Canadian apparel brands.

“Being a representative of Ukrainian clothing manufacturers in Canada is an extremely complicated and demanding challenge. It’s not just about finding a reliable partner and concluding a commercial deal, but also about helping to create the image of a Ukrainian supplier on the Canadian market as a reliable partner for producing high-quality European products. This will undoubtedly help to promote Ukrainian goods to Canadian buyers and retailers “, – said Olga Shtepa, CUTIS project coordinator.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to increase 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.

Apparel is one of the priority areas for the project. CUTIS implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

In August 2018, with the assistance of the project, eight Ukrainian apparel manufacturers took part in the international exhibition Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada, which united more than 500 apparel manufacturers from more than 20 countries.

In July 2019, Ukraine House Toronto official opening guests enjoyed the Fashion Show of six famous Ukrainian apparel companies. RITO and Andre Tan companies, which participate in CUTIS export support program U CAN Export, also took part in the show and presented their latest collections.

Main trade challenges facing women entrepreneurs

The Canada–Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project co-delivered 12 World Business Café workshops in collaboration with regional chambers of commerce and with the participation of Ukraine’s Export Promotion Office.

Nearly 300 businesswomen attended in total.

The workshops aimed to define the challenges and the needs of women entrepreneurs that relate to exporting. The idea was to collect baseline information that would be helpful for stakeholders seeking to enhance business support services for women entrepreneurs in the future.

Discussions held during World Business Café workshops point to a number of challenges faced by women entrepreneurs.

The challenges reported fall into two main categories: export-related and gender-related. Participants were also asked about the types of assistance they would like to receive to help them overcome those challenges.

The top export-related challenges mentioned by workshop participants were a lack of information about accessing foreign markets, including information on regulatory requirements and standards, and a lack of relevant skills that enable exporting, such as negotiation skills and foreign-language skills.

Other challenges reported by participants included a lack of trade-related tools, a lack of business support services to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) become export-ready; difficulty finding partners in foreign markets; difficulty accessing capital; and a lack of knowledge about business culture in other countries.

To address those challenges, participants would like to receive targeted training on topics such as how to access foreign markets and how to develop an export strategy. They also asked for more online resources to support exporting, including step-by-step guides and information on the regulations and standards of importing countries.

The top gender-related challenges limiting the success of women entrepreneurs noted by participants were gender stereotypes in Ukrainian society, both in general and in business culture specifically.

Another major challenge was the double burden: women’s typical dual responsibility for home and business.

To download a report please follow the link.

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.

Hi-tech innovations at Ukraine House Toronto: wireless charging systems, robot and AI

The respectable international ranking of Global Innovation Index has included Ukraine in the top 50 countries in the IT field in 2017 putting it ahead of such popular IT outsourcing countries as India, Philippines and Brazil.

Innovation corner at Ukraine House Toronto proved that it’s not empty words. Ukrainian business with the support of the Export Promotion Office, the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce (CUCC) and the CUTIS project, presented the latest innovation of Ukrainian high-tech. Each of the seven companies had something to surprise guests of the event.

  • Technovator wireless charging systems capable of charging up to one hundred smartphones at a time
  • The Infocom robot transmits the image of the environment
  • The ISSP integrated solutions protect computer systems from hacking
  • SolarGaps smart blinds do not only protect against the heat but also can transfer solar energy to the network, bringing passive earnings to the owner
  • Educational technologies EdPro transform students’ learning into an exciting game
  • Already popular in the USA Jelvix software developer presented a wide variety of their products
  • The unique technology of artificial intelligence from Intela, which can help people determine their strong skills and choose the field of activity according to their talents

Ukrainian companies had a chance to present their products to Canadian businesses to set connections with potential partners and buyers.

Despite the fierce competition from countries such as India and China, Ukrainian ICT companies have great chances to succeed in establishing partnerships with Canadian companies.

We hope to hear good news regarding successful cooperation between Ukrainian high-tech companies and Canadian business soon.

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.

SheChampion: women entrepreneurs from Kherson discussed new prospects on the way to international markets

The CUTIS project in cooperation with regional chambers of commerce and industry launched a series of #SheChampion seminars. The main goal is to discuss barriers women entrepreneurs face in business and international trade, as well as share experience in entering foreign markets.

The meeting, held on June 5 in Kherson, united 26 representatives including businesswomen (agriculture and food, light industry, shipbuilding and machine building), public organization representatives, and local authorities.

During the event, Vira Porovska, a Ukrainian gender expert of the CUTIS project, presented a gender based analysis (GBA) of the export challenges of Ukrainian micro, small and medium enterprises in 5 industries (apparel, footwear, confectionery, furniture, and IT services).

Larisa Ponomarenko, Head of the Kherson RCC Center for International Cooperation shared information about the CUFTA and the prospects of entering the Canadian market, its features, preferences and trends.

Victoria Gavrenkova, co-founder of companies exporting sunflower oil to more than 44 countries, including Canada, shared their experience in starting their own business and entering new markets.

Marina Nikolayeva, co-owner and director of yacht and exquisite wooden furniture company, talked about her own experience of coping with double burden, delegation and distribution of responsibilities and constant self-development.

During the masterclass in sales conducted by Vira Porovska, businesswomen exchanged advice, accumulated new ideas for improving their enterprises, shared their experience and set up new business contacts.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine. Next seminar will be in Lutsk on June 20.  So keep an eye on the updates.

SheChampion: businesswomen from Vinnytsia learned how to overcome barriers on the way to foreign markets

The CUTIS project in cooperation with regional chambers of commerce and industry launched a series of #SheChampion seminars. The main goal is to discuss barriers women entrepreneurs face in business and international trade, as well as share experience in entering foreign markets.

The meeting, held on May 30 in Vinnytsia, united 30 representatives including businesswomen, public organization representatives, and local authorities.

During the event, Barbara MacLaren, a Canadian gender expert of the CUTIS project presented a gender based analysis (GBA) of the export challenges of Ukrainian micro, small and medium enterprises in 5 industries (apparel, footwear, confectionery, furniture, and IT services).

Svitlana Vyazilovska, CEO and owner of an agriculture company Biofarm Organic, shared her experience in exporting and entering foreign markets. Svitlana selected the most interesting for the audience topics, for instance, business profitability, searching for partners, certification, logistics, etc.

During the masterclass in sales conducted by Vira Porovska, a Ukrainian gender expert of the CUTIS project, businesswomen exchanged advice, accumulated new ideas for improving their enterprises, shared their experience and set up new business contacts.

Similar events are planned in other regions of Ukraine. Next seminar will be in Kherson on June 5.  So keep an eye on the updates.

Visible and Invisible Barriers: CUTIS project convened a discussion about gender based barriers to trade

The Canada-Ukraine Trade & Investment Support (CUTIS) project presented the report ‘Visible and Invisible Barriers: a Gender Based Analysis (GBA) of the Export Challenges of Ukrainian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)’ at an event on May 28 in Kyiv.

The main objective of the report was to provide useful policy recommendations to stakeholders on how to lower gender-based barriers to trade for women-owned and women-managed MSMEs. A gender-based analysis was used to examine the key issues facing men and women MSME owners and top managers as they engage in international trade.

Over 100 participants took part in the event including representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, governmental institutions, academia, media, business, and other interested organizations.

The GBA was conducted by a team of academics at the Centre for Social Indicators associated with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).

In total, 432 men-led MSMEs and 209 women-led MSMEs participated from five target industries – apparel, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

This report in its gender analysis adds value to previous research on gender and trade by including the perspectives of export-oriented enterprises.

The study’s results highlight several findings that contribute to the global literature on gender and international trade:

1. Women were under-represented compared with men in terms of owning or managing an MSME. On average, only one in three companies was women-led (i.e., majority women-owned or managed). Furthermore, women-led MSMEs in four out of the five industries examined have women-dominant workforces.

2. Of the five target industries—confectionery, apparel, footwear, furniture, and IT—the highest level of women’s leadership was found in apparel, where 45 percent of surveyed MSMEs are led by women.

3. Micro and small women-led companies are slightly less likely to be currently exporting than men-owned companies of the same size. Among non-exporting businesses, we found that women-led MSMEs were less likely than those led by men to consider engaging foreign markets in the future.

4. In three of the five target industries, about half of women-led businesses that sell to domestic markets are not considering export in the future. Export barriers of concern to women-led companies are market entry and customs processes.

5. Over and above trade-related challenges, women-led MSMEs also voiced significant concern about traditional gender stereotypes and the role of women’s double burden in limiting their potential to internationalize their business.

The GBA report also includes 25 recommendations for public and private stakeholders to overcome gender-related barriers. It is our hope that these recommendations spark further discussion and action to bring about a more level playing field for men and women in international trade.

To download the report please follow this link

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.

11 agri-food producers represented Ukraine at SIAL Canada

On April 30th – May 2nd Toronto hosted the only Canadian national tradeshow offering up a complete range of food products, food-related equipment, and technologies – SIAL Canada. Enercare Centre gathered under one roof more than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries. Among this variety of tastes, there were showcased 11 Ukrainian producers united under the brand Made In Ukraine.

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

‘This year, Made In Ukraine was outstanding! Made In Ukraine expanded from confectionery and chocolate to include bulk, traditional and organic products. The Ukrainian merchandise received excellent reviews from North American (Canadian and USA) buyers and retailers, offering very competitive prices, top quality brands and attractive packaging,’ – Canadian expert Bertrand Walle said.

Ukrainian products were presented in two categories:

Chocolate, Confectionery, Cookies, Wafers and Crackers:

Honey, Organic Berries, Cereals & Edible Oils:

The mission for Ukrainian companies wasn’t limited by only showcasing in the SIAL show. The participants got useful tips on how to sell their products during the info sessions and visited 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.