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Canadian ICT business successfully develops cooperation with Ukrainian partners at Lviv ІТ Arena

This year, Canada was first represented with its national booth at the Lviv IT Arena, the biggest Ukrainian IT conference, which was held on September 27-29 in Lviv, Western Ukraine.

With the support of the Government of Canada, a range of events under the Canada National IT Program has been conducted. It’s a bright illustration of the great attention paid to developing cooperation between the Ukrainian and Canadian ICT sectors.

With the assistance of the Embassy of Canada, six leading Canadian ICT companies have visited Lviv IT Arena for the first time (Tektelic, Free Balance, GTA, IT Solution Invest, IT Action Group, and Web4you). 

On September 28, Trade Commission Service, Embassy of Canada to Ukraine in collaboration with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce and the CUTIS project, organized the Canadian Business Breakfast which included B2B meetings between Canadian and Ukrainian companies. Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, opened the breakfast.

During the event, the Ukrainian N-iX company made the presentation of Ukrainian ICT sector achievements (Ukrainian IT Market in 2019 and beyond). 

About 20 Ukrainian companies attended b2b meetings with potential Canadian partners, including as leading companies like EPAM, SoftServe, as small and medium-sized businesses participating in CUTIS export support U CAN Export program (Inoxoft, Perfectial, LaSoft, Taurus Quadra).

On September 29, Canada Meet-Up meeting was held with the participation of the Honorary Consul of Canada Oksana Wynnyckyj-Yusypovych and the Canadian ICT business. About 40 Ukrainian ICT companies visited the event.

Summarizing, it is worth mentioning that the interest of Canadian ICT business in cooperation with Ukraine is ample proof of the high level of services that Ukrainian companies can and already provide to international partners in IT and communications sphere.

Ukrainian footwear companies participated in Canada’s largest shoe show for the third time

From August 18 to August 20, Ukrainian shoe companies participated in Canada’s largest Toronto Shoe Show.

This year more than 650 Canadian and European footwear and accessories brands were taking part in the exhibition.

As part of U CAN Export Support Program, the CUTIS project supported the participation of seven Ukrainian shoe manufacturers:

  • KaDar (Lutsk, men’s and women’s casual shoes)
  • Kredo (Khmelnitsky,  rubber footwear with EVA soles)
  • Olteya (Zhytomyr, women’s leather shoes)
  • Alisa-Line (Kharkiv, children’s rubber footwear)
  • Realpaks (Kharkiv, women’s and men’s rubber shoes)
  • Shoesprom Group (Kyiv, men’s and women’s shoes)
  • Stepter (Lviv region, men’s and women’s shoes)

This is the third shoe show in Canada for the Ukrainian footwear business. Previous trade shows took place on August 2018 and February 2019.

The results of the first two exhibitions are positive. Six Ukrainian producers have already delivered their samples to Canadian buyers, and three deals are almost on a finish line.

Before the exhibition, the CUTIS project organized a meeting of Ukrainian business with Cougar shoe company, which has been successfully operating in the Canadian shoe market since 1948!

Besides, as part of the retail tour, representatives of the Ukrainian shoe industry visited several malls and shoe stores in Toronto, including Nordstrom, ALDO, Hudson’s Bay, Steve Madden, Brawns. Such an introductory tour is very important because it helps Ukrainian businesses understand specific of Canada’s footwear industry and consumers’ preferences.

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 for 72% of Canadian goods. The customs tariffs for the rest of 27% will be gradually reduced in compliance with transition periods – 3, 5, and 7 years.

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 project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

CUTIS represented Ukrainian apparel manufacturers at Canada’s leading clothing and textiles exhibition

From August 19 to 21, the products of nine Ukrainian apparel manufacturers were presented at the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada, the biggest international sourcing event focused on the Canadian and North American Apparel, Textile, and Fashion sectors.

In Toronto, CUTIS experts and the Canadian TFO expert invited by the project will present Ukrainian companies’ samples that are part of the export support program U CAN Export:

Ukrainian apparel products were presented at ATSC for the second time. Last year, five Ukrainian brands participated in the ATSC fashion show.

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada is the great option to meet thousands of apparel & fabric buyers, sourcing directors, designers, merchandisers, retail chains, department stores, and more from Canada, the USA, and the world.

In total, more than 500 manufacturers from more than 30 countries participated in the exhibition in Toronto.

After Toronto, the exhibition will take place in September in Europe and then in Miami, the USA.

ATSC features three days of sourcing, free seminars, and panels, fashion shows, networking, and inspiration.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to increase exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. The project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global Affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

Apparel is one of the priority areas for the project. CUTIS implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

Ukrainian clothing aroused great interest among Canadian buyers and retailers – CUTIS Apparel Mission

From 1 to 7 August, seven Ukrainian clothing manufacturers, selected by experts from TFO Canada, visited Canada in the framework of the Apparel Mission, organized by the CUTIS project. Canadian experts gave preference to women-owned companies and companies implemented environmental standards. The mission was held in two Canadian cities – Toronto and Montreal.

During the mission, Ukrainian apparel companies had several business meetings with leading European clothing suppliers on the Canadian market. Business negotiations with Canadian retailers were also arranged. Besides, Ukrainian business had a chance to meet with Canadian apparel brands representatives.

The following companies participated:

Ukrainian products have sparked keen interest from Canadian buyers and retailers. The Canadian business highly commended the quality, interesting portfolios, and attractive prices of Ukrainian clothing.

According to Olga Shtepa, CUTIS project coordinator, thanks to the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) and the abolition of import duties, Ukrainian clothing has 18% advantage on the Canadian market compared to imports from such powerful global players as, for instance, China. Therefore, Ukrainian clothing can and should be presented and successfully sold on the Canadian market.

‘The interest of the Canadian companies in the Ukrainian apparel is very high, several participants of the mission received trial orders. Now everything depends on the Ukrainian manufacturers, their ability to use the opportunity to develop cooperation with Canadians and expand exports to the extremely promising Canadian market,’ Olga Shtepa said.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to increase exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. The project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global Affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

Apparel is one of the priority areas for the project. CUTIS implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

In August 2018, with the assistance of the project, eight Ukrainian apparel manufacturers took part in the international exhibition Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada, which united more than 500 apparel manufacturers from more than 20 countries.

In July 2019, Ukraine House Toronto official opening guests enjoyed the Fashion Show of six famous Ukrainian apparel companies. RITO and Andre Tan companies, which participate in CUTIS export support program U CAN Export, also took part in the show and presented their latest collections.

Ukrainian clothing manufacturers to meet with Canadian buyers and retailers

From 1 to 7 August, Ukrainian clothing manufacturers, selected by experts from TFO Canada, will visit Canada in the framework of the Apparel Mission, organized by the CUTIS project. Canadian experts gave preference to women-owned companies and companies implemented environmental standards. The mission will be held in two Canadian cities – Toronto and Montreal.

During the mission, Ukrainian apparel companies will have a number of business meetings with leading European clothing suppliers on the Canadian market. Business negotiations with Canadian retailers are also arranged. Besides, Ukrainian business will be a chance to meet with representatives of Canadian apparel brands.

“Being a representative of Ukrainian clothing manufacturers in Canada is an extremely complicated and demanding challenge. It’s not just about finding a reliable partner and concluding a commercial deal, but also about helping to create the image of a Ukrainian supplier on the Canadian market as a reliable partner for producing high-quality European products. This will undoubtedly help to promote Ukrainian goods to Canadian buyers and retailers “, – said Olga Shtepa, CUTIS project coordinator.

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to increase exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. The project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global Affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

Apparel is one of the priority areas for the project. CUTIS implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

In August 2018, with the assistance of the project, eight Ukrainian apparel manufacturers took part in the international exhibition Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada, which united more than 500 apparel manufacturers from more than 20 countries.

In July 2019, Ukraine House Toronto official opening guests enjoyed the Fashion Show of six famous Ukrainian apparel companies. RITO and Andre Tan companies, which participate in CUTIS export support program U CAN Export, also took part in the show and presented their latest collections.

Ukraine significantly increased its exports to Canada – infographics

In 2018, Ukraine exported 78.2 million USD in goods to Canada – up by 50 percent in comparison with 2017.

If you compare the figures with 2016, the dynamics would be even more impressive – growth is almost three times.

Imports from Canada to Ukraine are also growing. It has increased from 299.2 to 333.1 million USD.

The Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) has a great impact on developing the volume of goods exporting to Canada. The agreement 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.

Ukrainian footwear producers have made a breakthrough in the Canadian market

Six leading Ukrainian footwear producers took part in the Toronto Shoe Show on February 20-22. Overall more than 700 Canadian and European brands participated at the international exhibition.

Ukrainian shoe industry was presented by such well-known trademarks as:

  • Belsta (Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky, one of the largest producers of indoor footwear in Ukraine);
  • Caman (Brovary, stylish men’s and women’s shoes, specialized sports shoes);
  • KaDar (Lutsk, casual men’s shoes);
  • Kredo (Khmelnytskiy, winter shoes on EBA sole);
  • Litma (Khmelnytskiy, rubber footwear);
  • Olteya (Zhytomyr, women’s leather shoes).

Ukrainian producers have already taken part in the Toronto Shoe Show last August.  It has prompted the companies to work more seriously, and with greater dedication and better preparation. They took into account all the recommendations of Canadian expert of the CUTIS project Phil Zwibel and upgraded the models.

‘Five of six Ukrainian producers have already delivered their samples to Canadian buyers, now three deals are almost on a finish line. That’s a wonderful achievement after only 6 months of appearance in Canada. Because in order to succeed in North America you have to modify your products according to the market and customers preferences. I’m glad that Ukrainian producers overcame this way to consumers in such a short time,’ Phil Zwibel said.

Ukrainian companies were presented at Toronto Shoe Show under the export support program “U CAN Export” of the CUTIS project.

‘Free trade with Canada opens up new business opportunities for Ukraine which faces the challenge of diversifying export flows. The example of footwear producers demonstrates that Ukrainian product is a great combination of high quality and reasonable prices,’ Ihor Sanzharovsky, CUTIS Project Director in Ukraine concluded.

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 for 72% of Canadian goods. The customs tariffs for the rest of 27% will be gradually reduced in compliance with transition periods – 3, 5, and 7 years.

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 project funded by the Canadian Government through the Global affairs Canada and implemented by the Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

Export to Canada: new training seminar for SMEs was held in Mariupol

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of training pilots for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Ukraine’s regions. The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) and train SMEs to successfully export to Canada.

A pilot training “Practical aspects of export to Canada” was held on February 27 in Mariupol. The event was organized by the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

The training in Mariupol brought together approximately 30 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors such as agriculture and consumer products, clothing and footwear industry, handicraft, jewelry and souvenirs, machine engineering, etc.

During this training seminar, the following issues were discussed: the CUFTA opportunities and benefits for Ukrainian businesses, development of an export strategy, searching for partners in Canada, tariff and non-tariff regulation of export to Canada, export of organic products, use of e-commerce tools and market places for export of goods, post logistics, public procurement, etc.

Speakers:

  • Kostyantyn Ryzhkov, Project Manager, CUTIS
  • Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert, CUTIS
  • Tamila Dmitrichenko, expert of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CUTIS-trained trainer
  • Jana Tsuber, expert of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CUTIS-trained trainer
  • Tetyana Merkulova, Head of the Educational and Methodological Department of “International Institute of Entrepreneurship”, certified trainer on public procurement
  • Viktoriya Mikhailova, Manager for Coordination of Development of International Products` Projects at “Ukrposhta”
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify

Please find more news and details of the following events on the Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/).

Export training seminar for small business was held in Odesa

The CUTIS project (Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project) in cooperation with chambers of commerce and industry has launched a series of training pilots for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Ukraine’s regions. The main goal is to present the new opportunities opened by the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA) and train SMEs to successfully export to Canada.

A pilot training “Practical aspects of export to Canada” was held on February 21 in Odesa. The event was organized by the Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business education center of Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the CUTIS project.

The training in Odesa brought together more than 50 entrepreneurs from a wide range of sectors such as agriculture and consumer products, alcohol and non-alcohol beverages, clothing and footwear industry, handicraft and jewelry, engineering technology and shipping industry, etc.

During this training seminar, the following issues were discussed: the CUFTA opportunities and benefits for Ukrainian businesses, development of an export strategy, searching for partners in Canada, tariff and non-tariff regulation of export to Canada, use of e-commerce tools and market places for export of goods, etc.

Speakers:

  • Kostyantyn Ryzhkov, Project Manager, CUTIS
  • Olga Kopylova, head of a business support center of the Odesa Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Yulia Pavlenko, Director of the Department of International Operations “Ukrposhta”, founder of the E-Export School project
  • Yevgen Sozansky, partner of Xtheta Management, official partner of Shopify
  • Dmytro Shvets, a lecturer at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, CEO of the consulting company Start Global

Please find more news and details of the following events on the Facebook page of the CUTIS project (https://www.facebook.com/CUTISproject/).

Ukrainian Export Commodities Benefiting from the FTAs between Ukraine, Canada and the EU

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in partnership with the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) and the European Business Association presented a report “Ukrainian Export Commodities Benefiting from the FTAs between Ukraine, Canada and the EU” on February 15.

The research was conducted by the experts of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the SE “Ukrainian Industry Expertise”, and supported by the CUTIS project.

According to CUTIS Project Director Brenda Lafleur, the main goal of the research was to support the development of Ukrainian export to Canada. ‘I met the authors of the report in Canada during their visit to Ottawa. In Ottawa they worked with the experts from The Conference Board of Canada. I am sure the results of the research will help Ukrainian businesses to find business opportunities and new niches both in the Canadian and European markets,’ Brenda Lafleur said.

Svitlana Mikhailovska, Deputy Director of EBA, paid attention to the importance of export diversification for Ukrainian business.

‘The results of the research help to identify the Ukrainian export commodity groups benefiting from three free trade agreements: between Ukraine and the EU, Ukraine and Canada, Canada and the EU. These trade agreements allow Ukrainian producers to import raw materials or export their products on preferable terms, mainly without paying any customs tariffs,’ Maxim Boroda, Senior Trade and Investment Analysis Expert at CUTIS said.

The research consists of two stages. At the first stage, Ukraine’s participation in value-added chains under FTAs between Ukraine, Canada, and the EU was analyzed. At the second stage, Ukrainian exports commodities benefiting from potential rules of origin cross-cumulation between Ukraine, Canada, and the EU were determined.

The research analyzed three possible value-added chains:

Option 1. A company imports raw materials from the EU, produces products in Ukraine and subsequently exports them to Canada. According to this business model, there are nine Ukrainian commodities benefiting from the FTA between Ukraine and the EU (DCFTA) and/or the FTA between Ukraine and Canada (CUFTA). In particular, apparel (including costumes), rubber and plastic products, and some machine engineering positions.

Option 2. A company imports raw materials from Canada, produces products in Ukraine and exports to the EU. According to the second business model, there are six Ukrainian commodities benefiting from the DCFTA and CUFTA. In particular, rubber and plastics, footwear, and some machine engineering positions.

Option 3. An EU based company imports raw materials from Ukraine and exports commodities to Canada. There are 28 Ukrainian commodities benefiting from the DCFTA and the CUFTA (mining, chemical industry, metallurgy, and machine engineering).

‘Although cross-cumulation is a theoretical opportunity at the moment, there are few successful cases of Ukrainian companies using preferable terms from both free trade agreements – the DCFTA and the CUFTA,’ Olzhana Rukas, Deputy Head of the Division of Regional and Preferential Trade Agreements, Department of Market Access and Cooperation with WTO, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine mentioned.

For example, one Ukrainian apparel producer, participating in the U CAN Export program of the CUTIS project, imports raw material from the EU and exports clothes to Canada.

Serhiy Kovaliov, Deputy Director of the Department of Export Development, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine summarized: ‘The research helps the Ministry not only to lay out priorities for Ukrainian exports promotion to Canada and the EU markets, but also to find out the best opportunities for investment in/outsourcing of production in Ukraine.’

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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 Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.