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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/).

(Українська) Україна — Канада: зерна майбутніх інвестицій

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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!

The CUTIS project started a range of free training sessions for 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).

It is planned to hold 13 meetings. The first meeting was on November 6-7 in Ivano-Frankivsk.

The training in Vinnitsa will be held on November 15, (https://www.facebook.com/events/320342872100745/), in Dnipro – November 22 (https://www.facebook.com/events/246357566045966/), in Chernihiv – November 28 (https://www.facebook.com/events/193467934873221/).  

We invite you to visit free training in your city:

November 30 – Lutsk https://www.facebook.com/events/195173091418321/

December 6 – Kherson https://www.facebook.com/events/971366396405070/

December 11 – Kyiv https://www.facebook.com/events/210664533167087/

December 13 – Khmelnitsky

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

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!

Additional opportunities from the CUTIS project for Ukrainian SMEs to enter Canadian market

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) provides additional opportunities for companies that are interested in the Canadian market.

CUTIS project can reimburse 50% of costs for:

  • resource- and energy efficiency audit for enterprises – helps to detect technical gaps, which wash out money, and plan activities for their elimination;
  • ISO 14001 «Environmental management systems» certification audit;
  • certification audit for receiving Canadian organic certificate (COR);
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification audit (applied for articles of wood origin);
  • OEKO-TEX certification audit (applied in light industry);
  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification audit (applied in light industry);
  • development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy for the enterprise.

Why is this important?

Identifying the losses of resources and energy may lead to a reduction of the final goods costs. This may help to be competitive not only in Canadian, but also in other markets.

The ecological marking, confirmed by a certificate, may help business to find new buyers of products. For example, almost 86% of Canadians are ready to pay more for environmentally friendly products.

Organic certification may help to successfully enter the Canadian organic goods market. Canadian organic market is the fifth largest in the world, it is estimated at nearly 5.4 billion CAD.

The ISO 14001, FSC, OEKO-TEX®, and GOTS certificates will be benefits for green public procurement and corporate sustainability supply chains.

Taking into consideration that Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may face financial challenges obtaining environmental certification, the CUTIS project proposes to reimburse 50% of certification costs. Do not miss your chance!

If you are interested in new opportunities, please contact environmental expert of the CUTIS project Zoya Pavlenko. Tel.:+38 (097) 167-21-07, e-mail: zpavlenko@cutisproject.org.

Study Tour in Geneva: Ukrainian delegation visited the World Trade Organization and the World Investment Forum

The Ukrainian delegation visited a number of international trade and financial organizations during the Study Tour on Services Trade and Investment Negotiations in Geneva organized by the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS). The delegation included officials from Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and National Commission for State Regulation in the Area of Financial Services Markets.

The main goal of the tour is to gain new knowledge in such important for Ukraine areas as services trading and foreign investments attracting. Besides, Ukrainian officials got the chance to exchange experience with colleagues from other countries.

The tour program was quite intensive. The Ukrainian delegation had the opportunity to visit the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank Office, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the permanent missions of the EU, the USA, Canada, and Ukraine.

Marie Isabelle Pellan, WTO Counsellor in the Trade in services and Investment Division delivered a training session on “Energy-related and environmental services.” Services in the energy sector are of fundamental importance to economic and social development.

The Ukrainian delegation also attended the Investment Promotion Conference and visited the session “Talking Business: Eastern Europe and Central Asia” at the World Investment Forum in Geneva.

Besides, Ukrainian officials participated in the interactive breakfast organized by the World Economic Forum and ICTSD International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. Ukrainian delegates exchanged views on sustainable investment policies issues with colleagues from Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, Botswana, and Brazil.

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.