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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.

The Council for International Trade discussed the results of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

As part of the meeting of the Council for International Trade, the results of the first year of implementation of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) were discussed. CUFTA opened for Ukrainian exporters duty free access to 98% of the Canadian market.

According to First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv, the free trade zone has a positive impact on the development of mutual trade. Exports of Ukrainian goods to Canada in 2017 amounted to almost 130 million USA dollars. Growth in comparison to the previous year- 36.8%.

“We are talking about the Free Trade Area as a fact, achievement, and victory. We are currently working within the framework of the triangle: Ukraine-Canada, Ukraine-EU, Canada-EU “, – said Kubiv.

According to him, the free trade zone allows not only to increase the export of Ukrainian goods to Canada, but also to contribute Canadian investments in Ukraine. In the first quarter of 2018, more than $5 million was invested by Canadian business.

Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk noted that Canada has been fruitfully working with Ukrainian authorities to strengthen trade cooperation.

“The main thing is that we see an expansion of the range of Ukrainian products exported to Canada. Within the framework of the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project, the priority sectors with the largest potential in the Canadian market were selected. Several exhibitions in Canada have already been held in which Ukrainian companies took part, in particular, furniture, footwear, clothing and confectionery products”, the ambassador said.

It is also worth noting that Canadian investors are interested in the Ukrainian IT market. The Canadian company Brookfield Asset Management is developing IT park in Lviv. IT park will start working in 2.5 years. It is planned that the object will occupy more than 10 hectares. The volume of investments – more than 160 million USA dollars.

“The realization of this project demonstrates that the Ukrainian IT sector is already mature and is ready to implement such large-scale projects,” the ambassador noted.

Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Olga Trofimtseva noted that despite skeptical expectations regarding the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement with Canada, it works, including in the agricultural and food segments.

“The trade balance of the agricultural sector is still negative. Ukraine purchases more agricultural and food products in Canada than Canada in Ukraine. But there are positive dynamics of supplies from Ukraine. The range of exporting products is expensing, in particular in such areas as oil, juices, honey, and sugar”, she said.

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) came into force on August 1, 2017.

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

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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.

7 Ukrainian confectionery producers join the largest Canadian food show – SIAL

On May 2-4 Montreal will host SIAL Canada International Food Show. North America’s largest food innovation trade show presents a wide variety of products from all around the globe. Among 1,000 exhibitors from 50 different countries, there would be 7 Ukrainian confectionery producers united under CUCC-CUTIS initiative Made In Ukraine.

Our group will be comfortably located in SIAL Canada’s International Section at Booth # 2441 showcasing seven chocolate and confectionery producers:

  • Beverages Plus
  • Dnepropetrovsk Food Concentrates (Zolote Zerno)
  • Favorito
  • Hlebodar
  • Kharkov Biscuit Factory

Made In Ukraine highlights delightful nougat, praline and caramel confections, chocolate wafers, gourmet handmade sweets and healthy snacks crafted using only natural ingredients.

Made In Ukraine is pleased to address the Canadian consumers’ growing demand for ethnic and specialty products, and invites to visit SIAL Canada International Food Show – Booth #2441 for a taste and a tête-à-tête.

Training course on exports to Canada launched in Ukraine

The educational programs of Ukrainian chambers of commerce and business schools will include a training course on exports to Canada for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The respective memorandum was signed today by the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS), the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce and representatives of Ukrainian educational and business institutions on April 24 in Kyiv.

In particular, the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Lviv Business School of UCU, Chernihiv, Kherson, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Vinnytsia, Kirovograd, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, Volyn, Khmelnytskyi chambers of commerce and industry, the Council of the Young Scientists from Sumy joined the project.

The project involves training of export trainers on the basis of the participating institutions and providing them with the materials of the curriculum “How to Export to Canada” developed by the CUTIS project experts.

The curriculum will cover all aspects of exporting goods and services to Canada, in particular, the search for partners, negotiations, logistics, regulatory features, customs clearance, etc.

The program will also include sectoral modules on exporting five priority groups of goods and services – clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery and IT services.

Pilot courses of the project to start in late 2018. The quality control and sustainability of the project will be ensured by the Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce.

The Ukrainian negotiators learned about the best practices of international trade in services

In April 2018, CUTIS project initiated a series of events devoted to international trade in services negotiations for Ukrainian government officials.

On April 12 and 13, representatives of Ukrainian ministries, chambers of commerce and other organizations involved in international negotiations took part in the basic trade in services training session.

Canadian experts told Ukrainian reformers about the basics of trade in services and the peculiarities of the trade negotiations within the World Trade Organization.

Particular attention was also paid to the Ukrainian and Canadian commitments in the WTO. This is especially important, as within a few years it will be possible to review the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, which currently covers only trade in goods.

The participants also reviewed the Canadian strategy of conducting international trade in services negotiations and familiarized themselves with Ukrainian cases of economic diplomacy.

On April 16 and 17, with the support of UNCTAD experts representatives of Ukrainian state institutions participated in the simulation of the trade in services negotiation process on the international arena. The participants of the training were able to personally plunge into the negotiation process and felt how strategic one needed to act on international markets.

Infographic: Roadmap for registering a trademark in Canada

One of the common queries of Ukrainian exporters to Canada is the registration of a trademark in Canada.

To help the Ukrainian business to get acquainted with this process, CUTIS project advises checking out of a trademark registration roadmap by Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

Click on an image below to download full-size size image.  For more information on intellectual property rights and their registration in Canada, visit CIPO website.

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Entrepreneurs in Khmelnytsky and Ivano-Frankivsk discussed opportunities for entering the international markets

On March 27 and April 2 in Khmelnytsky and Ivano-Frankivsk events from the series of world business-cafes “Women Entrepreneurship: Access to Foreign Markets” initiated by the Export Promotion Office under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade took place.

Meetings for women in business were held at the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry with the assistance of the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Promotion Project (CUTIS).

Within the business cafe, women entrepreneurs listened to an informational lecture on the opportunities created by the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, and also had a “brainstorming” session covering the following questions:

  • What are the barriers preventing their businesses from exporting?
  • What export support services are needed to overcome these obstacles?
  • What is the best way to provide export support services?
  • Who can provide these services?

As a result of the discussion, the participants formulated practical tips that could help businesses increase their chances of entering international markets, and also exchange their observations and experiences on overcoming the existing barriers for women entrepreneurs.

Follow the announcements for the future events here.

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