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Made in Ukraine panel at Canada’s largest virtual apparel and textile exhibition

Ukrainian companies to present their products and share their experience of entering the Canadian market as part of Made in Ukraine panel at the largest apparel and textiles virtual trade show, Apparel Textile Sourcing (ATS). 

When? October 27, 16.00-17.00 (Kyiv time)/ 10 am Eastern Time

Who? The Ukrainian delegation consists of four well-known apparel and footwear manufacturers:

  • Olteks (women’s and men’s outerwear)
  • Ajour (lingerie)
  • Kadar (women’s and men’s leather shoes)
  • Realpaks (women’s and men’s rubber shoes)

The panel will address the following issues:

  • Specific feature of the Canadian apparel and footwear market
  • Challenges facing Ukrainian companies entering the Canadian market
  • Competitive advantages of Ukrainian products in Canada within the Free trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA).

Emma Turos, Managing Director, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, will talk about the successful experience of Ukrainian companies participating in offline and online exhibitions in Canada, as well as the challenges of cooperation with Canadian buyers and distributors in COVID-19 time.

To FREE participate in the panel please follow the link.

Ukrainian companies may also attend the trade show and Made in Ukraine panel FOR FREE. All you need is to register as a visitor. 

The Apparel Textile Sourcing (ATS) exhibition, one of the largest international apparel and textile sourcing events, will connect thousands of buyers and manufacturers from all over the world with two virtual trade shows.

The ATS October 26-30 event will have an educational and market focus on global and Canadian trade issues with special attention on free trade agreements, sustainability and COVID-19.

In addition to the panel, four Ukrainian manufacturers will be represented in the virtual booth Made in Ukraine (Olteks, Ajour, Kadar, Realpaks).

The ATS November 16-20 event will feature panels and sessions focused on global suppliers and USA buyers. Analysts, economists, influencers and experts will recap 2020 and provide advantages to seek out in 2021.

To get more information and register, please follow the link.

Ukrainian companies may attend two North American apparel virtual trade shows for free

The Apparel Textile Sourcing (ATS) exhibition, one of the largest international apparel and textile sourcing events, will connect thousands of buyers and manufacturers from all over the world with two virtual trade shows.

The virtual events will take place live online on October 26-30 and November 16-20. These state-of-the-art digital events will connect more than 300 manufacturers and suppliers from over a dozen countries and regions with attendees and buyers from Canada, the USA, Latin America, Europe, Australia.

Ukrainian companies may attend the trade shows FOR FREE.

The ATS October 26-30 event will have an educational and market focus on global and Canadian trade issues with special attention on free trade agreements, sustainability and COVID-19.

The ATS November 16-20 event will feature panels and sessions focused on global suppliers and USA buyers. Analysts, economists, influencers and experts will recap 2020 and provide advantages to seek out in 2021.

The attendances will get:

  • Free sourcing, education, matchmaking & more.
  • Interactive seminars from apparel & sourcing industry experts.
  • Exhibits from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia & the Middle East.
  • Live chats, virtual networking, engagement made simple.

To get more information and register, please follow the link.

Apparel Textile Sourcing trade shows are a global industry destination that provides a unique platform for manufacturers, distributors, apparel & fabric buyers, merchandisers, retail chains to find new business contacts, share experiences, learn new ideas and create business opportunities.

Ukrainian apparel products were presented at ATSC three times and caught the interest of Indian, Chinese and Pakistani companies, which considered the possibility of locating production capacity in Ukraine.

For the first time in a virtual format. Ukrainian confectioners take part in the largest North American food exhibition

Two well-known Ukrainian food producers – Bob Snail (natural candies “Snail Bob”) and Malbi (chocolate products “Millennium”) represent Ukraine at SIAL Canada 2020, the largest exhibition of food, equipment and technology in North America.

From September 28 to October 2, SIAL Canada will be a unique virtual platform for communication between leading players of the North American agri-food market.

Ukraine will be represented at SIAL Canada for the third time. This year, for the first time, Ukrainian manufacturers are getting acquainted with Canadian and American consumers and buyers in an innovative virtual format. Such participation became possible through the support of the CUTIS project and the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce (CUCC).

Ukrainian companies are presented at the exhibition via customized 3D stands, where future Canadian and American partners may get all the necessary information for further cooperation. Besides, a series of B2B meetings are planned with key Canadian distributors and retailers.

In total, according to the organizers, more than 25 thousand visitors will take part in the virtual exhibition, more than 1.5 thousand B2B meetings will be held.

“Pioneering in the new online world and participating in such virtual shows like SIAL 2020 in Montreal, CUTIS project mobilized the Ukrainian companies which are capable to make a contribution to the economic recovery of our industry and export. We explore opportunities for the new format of communication and reenergize entrepreneurship,” Emma Turos, Managing Director at CUCC and Project Manager at CUTIS project, say.

“It is nice to mention that CUTIS and CUCC are helping Ukrainian businesses to adapt to the new business reality and find new partners overseas. In conditions when the borders between counties are actually closed. Such activities contribute to the development of not only specific companies but also the entire food industry and the economy of Ukraine in general, ” Ms. Emma continues.

Ukrainian confectionery producers present their products at SIAL Canada for the third time as a part of the CUTIS U CAN EXPORT support program for Ukrainian SMEs. We are confident that, as in previous years, Ukrainian products will receive positive reviews from demanding Canadian retailers and distributors.

Stay tuned!

Top-5 interesting facts about international trade between Canada and Ukraine

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement came into force on August 1, 2017. Starting from August 2017, Ukraine eliminated import duties on more than 70% of imports from Canada.

For other agricultural and industrial products, Ukraine will gradually open its market over transitional periods of 3, 5 or 7 years. Canada immediately eliminated tariffs on 98% of Ukrainian goods.

What are the main results for businesses in targeted sectors after three years of free trade between Canada and Ukraine?

  1. Canada’s exports to Ukraine with the largest increases include fish and seafood, machinery and mechanical appliances, motor vehicles and parts, meat, and electronics. For example, in June 2020, Ukraine was the fourth‑largest destination by volume for Canadian fish and seafood exports.
  2.  In 2019, Canada supplied 70% of Ukraine’s total imports of frozen crustaceans, cold‑water shrimps and prawns.
  3. In 2019, Ukraine also imported from Canada almost half of the prepared cranberries (46% of total imports) and 20% of diamonds.
  4. Canada’s imports from Ukraine that have expanded the most include iron and steel, electronics, and preparations of vegetables.
  5. Ukraine supplied 26% of Canada’s total imports of apple juice and 6% of snow‑skis in 2019.

According to Canadian experts, Canadian businesses that produce vehicles, engines, turbines, airplanes and turbo‑jets, petroleum gases, ethylene polymers, rubber, wood pulp, and meat have the strong economical potential in Ukraine.

At the same time, Canada offers more competitive prices for Ukrainian companies producing air conditioners, unwrought silver, cobalt, uncoated paper and paperboard, narrow woven fabrics, machinery and parts, fork‑lifts and other work trucks.

You can find more information via the link.

How to prepare for a virtual trading mission – video

The COVID-19 epidemic is making adjustments to export activities. Traditional personal communication during industry events or trade missions is replaced with virtual video conferencing, messengers and online platforms. This is where significant benefits for Ukrainian producers appear.

Why won’t the virtual format of meetings disappear after the end of the epidemic? The reason is obvious: it is beneficial to meet online given the saving of time and money.

A properly prepared and successfully conducted virtual meeting is a guarantee of mutually beneficial business relations in the future. Everything is like in a theatre here: you have to dedicate a lot of time, sweat and blood in preparation, training and coaching to enjoy a moment of glory on stage in the spotlight.

Olga Shtepa, CUTIS project coordinator, who has huge experience in organizing virtual negotiations with Canadian business, explains how to properly prepare for participation in a virtual trade mission and what kind of challenges you may face (in Ukrainian).

Covid effect as a window of opportunity for Ukrainian exporters in Canada

The Сovid effect turned out to be equally unexpected and devastating for all countries of the world without exception, including Canada and Ukraine. It is known, however, that every stick has two ends, that is, thanks to the dangerous virus, all countries and manufacturers are on equal terms and have the same restrictions.

Life does not stop and the need for good-quality goods, clothes, shoes, food, furniture, etc. cannot be cancelled. The demand, of course, changes, transforms, sometimes decreases, sometimes, on the contrary, increases.

Preference is given to the products that are produced locally, or elsewhere, better not in China (but at Chinese prices!). This is a consequence of the aggravation of economic relations with China recently, on the one hand, and the desire to try something new, on the other hand.

According to many experts, consumers are even willing to pay more for local products.

Traditional personal communication during industry events or trade missions is replaced with virtual video conferencing, messengers and online platforms. This is where significant benefits for Ukrainian producers appear.

First, Ukrainian goods are trusted in the local Canadian market due to the large diaspora.

Second, what is produced in Ukraine is a kind of synonym for what is produced in Europe. Hence the respect and understanding that production is based on international and European social and environmental standards – without the use of child labor or uncertified raw materials. The focus of Ukrainian manufacturers on European trends and the latest fashion innovations also remains important.

All this taken together opens a wider window of opportunity for Ukrainian exporters to Canada, which is worth taking advantage of. Canadian buyers are interested in finding reliable business partners in Ukraine.

That is why a properly prepared and successfully conducted virtual meeting is a guarantee of mutually beneficial business relations in the future. Everything is like in a theater here: you have to dedicate a lot of time, sweat and blood in preparation, training and coaching to enjoy a moment of glory on stage in the spotlight.

Why won’t the virtual format of meetings disappear after the end of the epidemic?

The reason is obvious: it is beneficial to meet online given the saving of time and money.

Although the virtual format will in no way replace live communication, we advise you to learn this know-how and use it more actively in your business communications.

Author: Olga Shtepa, CUTIS project coordinator 

Rules of origin for apparel and footwear under the CUFTA – video

In order to obtain preferential access to the Canadian market under the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), the product must be of Ukrainian origin.

The rules of origin impact on:

  • Import duty rates
  • Tariff quotas
  • Export trade statistics

It is essential to know that a declaration of origin of the goods is the only document Ukrainian producer needs to confirm the origin.

What does this mean for Ukrainian business?

Ukrainian companies don’t have to receive any additional certificates. The origin information shall be indicated on an invoice or any other document containing the description of the goods. Therefore, it means reducing financial and time costs for customs clearance of export products.

You can find out more about rules of origin for Ukrainian apparel and footwear goods under the CUFTA from Olexandra Brovko, CUTIS Senior Expert on Trade and Investment.

To free download the manual – I CAN Export: Rules of origin under the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement. Guidelines for Exporters (in Ukrainian), please follow the link.

Dnipro women entrepreneurs learned about new business opportunities and entering 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.

On March 3, in cooperation with the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the first #SheChampion seminar was held in Dnipro, bringing together 30 participants.

Women entrepreneurs discussed gender issues in international trade, new trends in the Canadian markets and shared success stories of finding new partners in foreign markets.

Vitaliy Zhmurenko, president of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shared plans to create a platform to support women’s business in the region and spoke about a forum for women entrepreneurs in the autumn.

Oleksandr Bondarenko, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, stressed the importance of the development of women’s entrepreneurship. In the Dnepropetrovsk region, only one in five businesses is founded by women, so there is still a lot of work to be done. Dnepropetrovsk region is the leader in Ukraine in terms of the production of goods and export volumes. That is why the development of women’s entrepreneurship has considerable economic potential.

Vira Porovska, an expert on gender issues of the CUTIS project, talked about CUTIS gender component: SheChampion meetings and SHEforSHE Mentorship Program and presented a general report of the gender analysis of small and medium-sized businesses in 5 industries. Gender stereotypes, socially anticipated female behaviour, double burden, and conflict of professional and private roles were at the center of discussing gender barriers faced by women in export activities.

Iryna Hrytsai, Deputy Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, described local government’s achievements in gender equality. In particular, Irina spoke about the creation of a coordination council and the development of a regional family and gender policy program.

Svitlana Cherevko, a Leading specialist of the Export Support Center of the Department of Foreign Economic Relations of the Dnepropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CUTIS Trainer, came out with useful electronic resources helping women-led SMEs in exporting to Canada.

Alina Scherbina, founder of “BE in UA” platform talked about the complexity of entering new markets, the main barriers and how to overcome them. The platform helps to promote the products of local manufacturers, conducts a range of events and develops educational projects for creative business.

In the end, Vira Porovska, conducted a masterclass about recruitment issues for SMEs. She focused on the main three questions that every employer should ask hiring an employee. The participants worked on staff’s motivation, carrier circle and questions to be prepared to discover and evaluate the knowledge, skills, motivation, and compatibility of prospective workers.

Target commodities and services for export promotion to Canada within the Export Strategy of Ukraine

The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) and the National Institute for Strategic Studies presented a report “Target commodities and services for export promotion to Canada within the Export Strategy of Ukraine” on March 5.

The research was conducted by the experts of the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, the SE “Ukrainian Industry Expertise”, Export Promotion Office (EPO), and supported by the CUTIS project.

The study was divided into two parts. The first one is focused on the selection of most promising commodities and services of Ukrainian exports to Canada within the framework of Ukraine’s Export Strategy.

356 commodities (food and machinery industries) were analyzed, resulting in the selection of 18 target groups.

Besides, the following target services for export promotion from Ukraine to Canada were analyzed: ICT (Computer services) and Creative industries (R&D, Professional and management consulting services, Technical, trade-related, and other business services, Audiovisual and related services, Other personal, cultural, and recreational services).

In the second part, comparative analysis and rating of target commodities and services were carried out.

As a result of the study, the following priorities for export promotion were selected:

Food Industry:

  • Fruits and nuts, frozen;
  • Tomatoes prepared or preserved;
  • Sugar Confectionery;
  • Vegetables, fruit, nuts, prepared or preserved;
  • Chocolate.

Machinery:

  • Articles of Carbon or Graphite Used For Electrical Purposes;
  • Non-Electric Radiators, Air Heaters;
  • Electric Domestic Heating Apparatus;
  • Household or laundry-type washing machines.

Services:

  • Computer services;
  • Technical, trade-related, and other business services;
  • Professional and management consulting services.

As Sergii Kovalov, Deputy Director of the Department of Export Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine mentioned, the next steps are development and approval of the Strategic Plan of export promotion to Canada. The ministry also plans to apply this methodology to select export promotion priorities and develop strategic plans for other markets in focus.

EPO is ready to use research results for preparing trade missions to Canada and provide consultations to Ukrainian businesses interested in exporting to Canada.

CUTIS trade mission: Ukrainian footwear companies produce trial samples for the Canadian market

The CUTIS project and the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce organized a visit to Ukraine of Canadian TellTrading Co Ltd company representatives interested in finding reliable footwear suppliers for the Canadian market.

Danny DaSilva and Bruce Mowday met with four Ukrainian companies that are already exporting or seeking to export shoes to Canada, and have visited manufacturing facilities:

  • Olteya (Zhytomyr, women’s leather shoes)
  • Stepter (Lviv region, men’s and women’s shoes)
  • Kredo (Khmelnytsky, winter shoes with EVA soles)
  • Zirka Manufacture Factory (Cherkasy region, children’s, men’s and women’s shoes)

Olteya, Stepter and Kredo companies are members of the U CAN Export support program for small and medium enterprises interested in exporting in Canada. With the support of the project, the companies have repeatedly participated in Canada’s largest shoe exhibition – the Toronto Shoe Show.

The Canadians also visited the Kachorovska Atelier, which specializes in customized shoe and handbags making, and held a meeting with its owner.

Emma Turos, Executive Director of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and CUTIS project manager is pleased with the results of the visit of Canadian buyers.

‘The Canadian footwear industry representatives highly estimated the Ukrainian manufacturers – the quality of products, interesting portfolios, and modern equipment. Three Ukrainian footwear companies got trial orders from Canadian partners,’ Emma Turos said.

According to her, positive results were achieved through the collaboration of shoe manufacturers with CUTIS project experts.

‘The selected companies have already intimate knowledge of the Canadian market specifics, as they have been working with experienced Canadian specialist Phil Zwibel for three years. The companies participated in Canadian exhibitions, got acquainted with the local footwear market and consumer preferences, met with leading Canadian manufacturers, constantly improved and adapted products as well as optimized prices according to the advice of CUTIS experts. For example, waterproof footwear lines have been developed which are in high demand in Canada,’ Emma Turos explained.

We hope that trial samples will be the beginning of fruitful cooperation, and we look forward to a positive outcome.