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KYIV AIRPORT TO INCREASE PASSENGER TRAFFIC BY MORE THAN 60% IN 2017, MORE THAN 30% IN 2018

Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport plans to serve 1.86-1.9 million passengers in 2017, which is 60-68% more than in 2016, given the previously announced data, the director general of Master-Avia, managing the airport, Oleksiy Yakovets, told Interfax-Ukraine after the conference on presenting SkyUp airline in Kyiv.
“Next year we plan to serve about 2.5 million people, but this is if nothing supernatural happens,” he added.
Thus, he said in 2018 the increase in passenger traffic at the airport could reach more than 30%.
Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport is located in the business center of the capital, 7 km from the city center. In the number of flights and passenger traffic, it ranks 2nd in Ukraine.

IMPORTS OF ELECTRIC CARS TO UKRAINE IN JAN-NOV 13% MORE THAN DURING ENTIRE 2016 – FISCAL SERVICE

Imports of electric cars to Ukraine in January-November 2017 grew to 2,676, while in 2016 a total of 2,274 cars were imported to the country, which is 13% less than the current figure, the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine has said on its website.
In January-November 2017, UAH 115.6 million of customs payments were paid to the budget, whereas in 2016 this figure was UAH 82.4 million. In particular, in January-November 2017, excise tax on the import of electric vehicles reached UAH 8.4 million against UAH 7 million in 2016, and UAH 107.2 million of VAT against UAH 75.4 million in 2016, the authority said.
The fiscal service also recalled that the import of electric vehicles since 2016 has been exempted from import duty, and from January 1, 2018, the parliament proposed to exempt operations for electric vehicles from VAT and excise tax. However, the president has not yet signed the amendments to the Tax Code adopted at second reading (bill No. 6776-d).
It is planned that the requirement will work throughout 2018, the fiscal service said. If the customs payments were annulled, importers will save more than 20% of the cost.
“For example, if now, when importing a used electric car Nissan Leaf made in 2016, registered by the State Fiscal Service at a cost of $5,600, the importer paid more than UAH 34,300. From the new year importers will save more than 20% of the funds due to the absence of customs payments. As for the new Tesla S, the minimum customs value of which is $103,600, now it is necessary to pay almost UAH 566,500 of customs payments,” the authority said.

UKRZALIZNYTSIA ANNULS TENDERS TO BUY 2,000 GONDOLA CARS IN 2018

Darnytsia wagon repair plant (Kyiv), a branch of public joint-stock company Ukrzaliznytsia, has annulled nine tenders to buy 2,000 drop bottom gondola cars of general use at the expected price of around UAH 1.2 million (VAT included) per car.
According to information on the ProZorro e-procurement portal, the tenders were annulled, as less than two bids were submitted.
Before the opening of bids some amendments were made to the tender documents under a request of potential buyers.
Two bids were submitted only for 250 gondola cars for UAH 299.94 million by Kriukov Car Building Works and Verkhniodniprovsky engineering plant, which also offers cars manufactured by Kriukov Car Building Works. The decision to allow the bidders to participate in the tender will be made.

USAID PLANS NEW $90 MLN PROJECT TO SUPPORT REFORMS IN UKRAINE’S ENERGY SECTOR – MP

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) plans a new five-year project to support reforms in the Ukrainian energy sector with the total cost of up to $90 million, a member of the parliamentary committee for fuel and energy complex, Olha Belkova, has said.
“The project is being finalized and executors are being selected by the U.S. government. The interest, support and desire to cooperate are in our favor,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
She said that the new project would focus on the introduction of competition on energy markets, assistance to municipal authorities, search for new tools of stimulating renewable energy, cyber security of the energy sector, establishment of the energy market regulator, transparency of market information, search for new models to manage the gas transport system (GTS) and Ukraine’s integration into the EU markets.
The press service of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation said that the European Commission launches new three-year project aimed at enhancing the possibilities of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation to regulate nuclear operations, licensing and analyze severe accidents for nuclear reactors. The cost of the project is over EUR 5.5 million.

BIOFARMA COULD OPEN BLOOD PLASMA FRACTIONATOR PLANT IN JULY 2018

Biofarma pharmaceutical company seeks to launch a blood plasma fractionator plant in July 2018, Biofarma President Kostiantyn Yefymenko has written on his Facebook page.
“In December, we will receive separators from the German company GEA Westfalia, in February – the bioreactor of the Italian company Olsen, chromatographic complexes and ultrafiltration units from the world’s leading companies such as General Electric, the Marchesini bottling line and in July we are opening a modern fractionator plant,” he said.
The projected capacity of the fractionator, in the construction of which $ 35 million was invested, will amount to 500 tonnes of blood plasma.
“We have a clear goal and plan to become the world’s leader in deliveries to the market. We have the ambition of being among the seven largest global producers of blood plasma,” Yefymenko said.
Biofarma is among the ten largest Ukrainian manufacturers of medical products. It produces more than 20 immunobiological drugs from donor blood.