News Tag: free trade with Ukraine
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.

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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Infographic: The income of Canadians (2016)

We encourage you to learn more about the income of Canadians, since it determines the purchasing power of your potential customers across the ocean.

Did you know, for example, that the richest Canadians live in Alberta? And that over 4 million Canadians have low incomes?

Find out much more in the infographics by  Statistics Canada below. Download full-size here.

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Video: Roman Waschuk about the Ukraine-Canada-EU Free Trade Triangle

“Searching for the Ukraine-Canada-EU free trade triangle and turning it into a “love triangle” is an opportunity for Canada to optimize its participation as a Euro-Atlantic partner,” said Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk during this year’s UkraineLab in Brussels.

Full video of the results of this year’s UkraineLab in Brussels: https://youtu.be/_TqGPKVxtTs

Women-entrepreneurs from Kherson discussed barriers to entering international markets

On March 15, as a part of Export Promotion Office’s #SheExports platform a world business-cafe “Women’s Entrepreneurship: Access to International Markets” took place in Kherson.

The event was co-organized by the Kherson Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support project (CUTIS).


“In Kherson there are a lot of successful women entrepreneurs who produce, sell, and provide logistics services,” said Viktoria Ostroumova, President of the Kherson CCI, during her introductory speech.

During the business-cafe, more than 45 women entrepreneurs received information about the activities of CUTIS project and Export Promotion Office, in particular on business support programs and information resources that can be useful to exporters.

A separate session was devoted to the opportunities created by the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA). CUTIS project expert Oleksandra Brovko discussed with the participants the following topics:

  • What do they need to know about tariff quotas and their administration within the CUFTA?
  • How to confirm the origin of goods within the free trade zone?
  • Where to find regulatory requirements concerning their product?
  • What are the Canadian consumer preferences?

During the interactive part of the event, business representatives in small groups discussed barriers that prevent their entry to the international markets, services that could help to overcome these barriers, and the formats in which those services could be provided.

The women entrepreneurs presented the results of the discussion and talked through the problems they face on the way to international markets. The world cafe also facilitated new business contacts between women entrepreneurs in the Kherson region.

A series of world business cafes in the regions of Ukraine continues. The future events can be found here.

Infographic: Immigrants in Canada

Canada is an ethnically diverse country. According to official stats, more than 20% of the Canadian population (more than 7 million people) are immigrants from more than 200 countries of the world. This is not taking into account the whole generations of descendants of migrants.

All these ethnic groups have their own special needs and tastes, so each ethnic group is a potential niche for Ukrainian exporters.

Canadian Statistics Service has prepared an infographic about the main trends of immigration to Canada.

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Diversify and seek your customer!

Infographic: How Canadians spent their money in 2016

$ 62 183 – this is how much one Canadian household spent on average in 2016. A significant fraction of these expenses is imported goods. According to statistics, Canada imports $ 12,000 per citizen each year.

Therefore, Ukrainian producers have potential to become part of the Canadian consumer basket.

Statistics Canada recently released a new infographic about household spendings.

Analyze and find your niche.

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