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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!

Canadian household spending in 2017 – infographics

Canada’s national statistical agency (Statistics Canada) has prepared a detailed report on Canadian household spending in 2017. The CUTIS project selected the most interesting figures and facts. We hope this information will help Ukrainian businesses more effectively assess opportunities in the Canadian market.

In 2017, the average Canadian household spent $63,723 on goods and services, up 2.5% from 2016. Spending varied across provinces, and was highest in Alberta ($72,957) and British Columbia ($71,001), in part due to higher expenditures on shelter in these provinces. For instance, households in British Columbia spent an average of $21,844 on shelter, while those in Alberta spent $21,068.

Households in New Brunswick spent the least on goods and services, averaging $52,608 in 2017. They also spent the least on shelter compared with households in other provinces at $12,692.

Shelter remained the largest budget item for households in 2017, at 29.2% of their total consumption of goods and services. Spending on transportation, the second-largest expenditure category, accounted for 19.9% of total consumption, followed by food expenditures at 13.4%.

Households spent an average of $18,637 on shelter, up 3.4% from 2016. In 2017, two out of every three Canadian households owned their home, and more than half of homeowners had a mortgage.

More information about Canadian households spending you can find on the graphic below.

Entrepreneurs from Khmelnytsky learned about new export opportunities to Canada

A training session “Practical aspects of export to Canada” was held on December 13 in Khmelnytsky. The event was organized by the Khmelnytsky 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 a training seminar 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).

The training in the Khmelnytsky has brought together about 25 entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries.

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:

  • Natalia Belyakova, Khmelnytsky Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Volodymyr Nagnibida, Arbitrator at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine
  • Lyudmila Yemchuk, Khmelnytsky Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Valery Mazepa, Ukrposhta project development manager
  • Ruslan Shutov, regional manager of OETI Ukraine & MD
  • Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project
  • Mykola Pidfigurny, marketing specialist “Ship.Fish”

To get more information about training sessions please follow Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/). Do not miss the training in your city!

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 a training seminar 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 a 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 seminar also had the opportunity to ask questions to a businessman from Canada Anatoliy Nikula.

To get more information about training sessions 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/).

Training for small business about export to Canada was held in Vinnytsia

Every meeting with entrepreneurs for us is a holiday. This time we spent an extremely interesting and busy day in Vinnytsia, where a training session was held. A topic – practical aspects of export to Canada. The event was organized in cooperation with the Vinnytsia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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

The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Area between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) for SMEs. More information, as well as a calendar of events you can find on the link.

Training in Vinnytsia brought together more than 40 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors – agriculture, consumer products and alcoholic beverages, construction, clothing and footwear industry, industrial equipment, IT services, and even weapons.

Speakers:

  • Dmytro Shvets, a lecturer at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, CEO of the consulting company Start Global – a strategy for entering the global markets and a systematic analysis of the Canadian market
  • Yulia Pavlenko, Director of the Department of International Operations “Ukrposhta”, initiator of the E-Export School project – e-commerce tools
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta – the opportunity of Shopify platform
  • Inna Konovchuk, Senior Intellectual Property Expert, Vinnytsia Chamber of Commerce and Industry – specific features of the Canadian market and tools to find partners in Canada
  • Maria Babiy, Head of the Department of Examination and Certification, Vinnytsia Chamber of Commerce and Industry – rules of origin and non-tariff regulation

Please find more details of the following events on the facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/). Do not miss training in your city! The next city is Dnipro. Let’s meet on November 22!

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.