News Tag: trade
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!

The Canadian-Ukrainian Investment Roadshow started in Toronto as a part of the anniversary celebration of the Free Trade Agreement

A gala opening ceremony of the first investment roadshow was held in Toronto as part of the anniversary celebration of the Canada Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA).

The event was attended by more than 150 participants from business and public sector from both countries who appreciated the results of cooperation, as well as expressed interest in strengthening of the Canadian-Ukrainian partnership.

The representative of the Canadian government, Karim Morcos, spoke with a welcoming speech. Stepan Kubiv, First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine told about the dynamics of reforms and prospects of economic development in Ukraine.

“The success of the CUFTA is measured not only by striking new trade deals but also by ensuring that our agreements actually deliver, and we are on the right track”, said Zenon Potoczny, president, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

CUTIS Investment Roadshow is a new platform for developing cooperation between Canada and Ukraine in attracting investment.

During the next two days, 20 leading Ukrainian companies will present investment projects in four major sectors: Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Information & Communications Technology.

The event will inform investors about large lucrative projects, share insights of CEO’s and Ukrainian Deputy Ministers, and provide opportunities to interact with decision makers on both sides of the commercial and geopolitical coin.

The selected 20 Ukrainian companies have been reviewed and examined by Crossways MK Consulting Inc. Toronto, Canada and SP Advisors, Kyiv, Ukraine.  Estimated total value of selected projects is USD 1.5 billion dollars.

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.

How Ukrainian manufacturer can enter the Canadian organic goods market – presentation of the manual

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS) and “Organic Standard” with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine presented the manual “I CAN EXPORT ORGANIC. Market Overview and Organic Products Regulation in Canada”.

According to Roman Vashchuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, who visited the presentation of the manual, at this moment, it is especially important to expand the range of Ukrainian products in the Canadian market.

“We hope that companies that use the information from the manual will be able to more effectively enter with their products to the Canadian market. We already observed positive dynamics in export in such spheres as furniture, footwear, textiles, and confectionery products. The activities of the CUTIS project bring real results, “said the Ambassador.

The growth of export of Ukrainian products during the first year of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine (CUFTA, came into force in August 2017) indicates that many businesses can use its benefits. Organic goods, whose production has a number of positive environmental impacts, are in high demand in Canada.

According to Zoya Pavlenko, environmental expert of the CUTIS project, the Canadian organic market is currently the fifth largest in the world, about $ 5.4 billion CAD (FiBL & IFOAM – Organics International (2018): The World of Organic Agriculture Statistics and emerging trends).

The Canadian organic market has been growing steadily over the past decade, outpacing the average food industry. So far, many Canadians have been interested in the organic sector: 2/3 of the population of the country buy organic products weekly. Moreover, the majority of these goods – organic food and beverages.

“Canada is one of the top 10 countries with the highest consumption of organic products. In 2016, Canadians consumed an average of 83 euros per person, “said Zoya Pavlenko.

All this opens great prospects for Ukrainian companies interested in selling their organic products in the Canadian market.

The Ukrainian organic market in the volumes is small. According to a study by FiBL & IFOAM, the sales of organic products in supermarket chains in Ukraine by 2016 amounted to 21 million euros, which is 143 times less than in Canada.

At the same time, the Ukrainian organic market demonstrates positive trends. According to Valentyna Zayets, Chief of the Department of Food Products Technology, Department of Food of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, there are 529 organic market operators, 304 are in agricultural production. Over the past 5 years, the number of organic producers has almost doubled. Organic production has been certified on more than 420 thousand hectares. This is about 1% of the total agricultural land in Ukraine. The rate of growth of organic production in Ukraine exceeds the world’s figures in 5 times, noted Valentyna Zayets.

“Organic production can be particularly interesting for small farmers,” she said.

As noted by Maria Makhnovets, a consultant on exports of organic products, the largest number of organic producers are concentrated in the south of Ukraine – in Odesa and Kherson regions. In the Odesa region, a cluster of companies specializing in organic production has been created.

Regarding the Canadian market, any agricultural product, called organic, is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Exporting organic products to Canada, it is necessary to pay attention to customs tariffs and requirements for packaging and labeling of organic products, which may differ from both Ukrainian and European ones.

Sergiy Galashevsky, Director of the certification company “Organic Standard”, told about certification of organic products in the Canadian market. He also paid attention to such an important moment as a reputation in organic production.

“On the one hand, producers engaged in organic production have a better “image” in the market and often have the best export opportunities. On the other hand, it is easier to spoil the reputation of organic production. One unscrupulous manufacturer is able to spoil the reputation of the whole sector”, – says Sergiy Galashevsky.

Please note that the CUTIS project selects organic products among other export directions, providing both advisory and financial support to Ukrainian organic producers. The project is ready to compensate 50% of the company’s costs for certification according to Canadian organic standards.

In conclusion, Sergiy Osipenko, founder of the Scientific and Production Enterprise “Institute of Texmash”, president of “Organic Farming Association”, shared real examples how to enter into the Canadian market with organic products processing technologies. Sergiy Osipenko’s successes prove that the Ukrainian organic producer can enter the Canadian market, providing high-quality products to the Canadian consumer.

You can see the photo from the presentation on the Facebook project page

Please note that on the project site you can download the online version of the manual by filling out a small questionnaire at https://bit.ly/2A1vZcm

7 Ukrainian confectionery producers join the largest Canadian food show – SIAL

On May 2-4 Montreal will host SIAL Canada International Food Show. North America’s largest food innovation trade show presents a wide variety of products from all around the globe. Among 1,000 exhibitors from 50 different countries, there would be 7 Ukrainian confectionery producers united under CUCC-CUTIS initiative Made In Ukraine.

Our group will be comfortably located in SIAL Canada’s International Section at Booth # 2441 showcasing seven chocolate and confectionery producers:

  • Beverages Plus
  • СHOCOBOOM
  • Dnepropetrovsk Food Concentrates (Zolote Zerno)
  • Favorito
  • Hlebodar
  • Kharkov Biscuit Factory
  • LOL&POP

Made In Ukraine highlights delightful nougat, praline and caramel confections, chocolate wafers, gourmet handmade sweets and healthy snacks crafted using only natural ingredients.

Made In Ukraine is pleased to address the Canadian consumers’ growing demand for ethnic and specialty products, and invites to visit SIAL Canada International Food Show – Booth #2441 for a taste and a tête-à-tête.