Business news from Ukraine

“Nova Post” has launched its first branch in Berlin

Nova Post Group has launched its first Nova Post branch in the German capital, Berlin, a press release said Friday.
“We further plan to enter new markets and develop the network in those countries where we are already present, because we seek to logistically connect Ukraine to the world, and in time to connect all countries to each other,” said Nova Post co-owner Vladimir Popershnyuk, co-owner of Novaya Posta.
The company plans to open branches in Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Cologne by the end of the year.
According to the message of “Novaya Pochta” the delivery to Germany will be done in five days and the cost of the parcel will be defined according to the scheme: the parcel up to 1 kg – 250 UAH, up to 2 kg – 400 UAH, up to 10 kg – 600 UAH, and the parcel up to 30 kg – 1,2 thousand UAH.
In the first branch in Berlin private clients and business can receive and send parcels up to 100 kg, it is open from Monday to Saturday.
As it was reported, “Nova Posta” already works in Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Moldova and Romania.
Founded in 2001, Nova Posta now has more than 6 thousand branches in Ukraine. It provides a full range of logistics and related services.
The GC includes Ukrainian and foreign companies, such as Nova Posta, NP Logistic, NovaPay payment system and Nova Posta Global.


FlixBus to launch another Kiev-Berlin-Hamburg-Bremen route

One of Europe’s largest bus operators FlixBus announced the launch of a new international line from Ukraine starting February 14: Kiev – Berlin – Hamburg – Bremen and extension of the existing one from Warsaw-Lublin to Odessa, the company’s press service said Thursday.
“Today we are taking the next step in developing lines from Ukraine to Germany and Poland. Warsaw, Berlin and Hamburg are top destinations for travelers. Demand proves that Ukrainians care about these destinations,” commented FlixBus director for Ukraine, Poland and the Baltics Michal Lehmann.
He noted that in spite of the war, the company has doubled the size of the route network from Ukraine during the year and plans to open new lines if it sees that people need transportation services.
According to the message tickets for flights N3206 Kyiv – Zhytomyr – Rivne – Lviv – Berlin – Hamburg – Bremen and N3242 Odessa – Uman – Vinnitsa – Khmelnytskyi- Lviv – Lublin – Warsaw are available at the site, in mobile application FlixBus and at partner agencies.
The route Odessa-Warsaw is presented on the current line, on which the bus departed from Vinnitsa. Given the high demand in the south of the country, it was decided to extend the line to include Uman and Odessa. Flights are daily. The bus will be on the road for about a day.
From Kiev to Germany the buses will go three times a week: on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. From Bremen to Ukraine the bus departs on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Travel time is about 30 hours, including stops and border crossing time.
As reported, after the start of a full-scale war, FlixBus launched 8 new routes from Ukraine to Europe. The company already has 16 lines from Ukraine to six European countries: Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.
FlixBus, which develops bus transportation in Europe and the U.S., was founded in 2013. It operates on a partnership model with regional bus carriers that provide their buses and route documents.
In June 2019, FlixBus announced the opening of a representative office in Ukraine, in July 2020 the company launched domestic flights in the country.

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Prime Minister of Ukraine went to Berlin

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is on a working visit to the German capital Berlin.
“We are working today in Berlin, we have a busy agenda. We started it with the opening of the 5th Ukrainian-German Economic Forum with Chancellor Olaf Scholz,” Shmygal wrote on his Telegram channel.
According to him, during his speech, he focused on the prospects that will open up for European business in the process of implementing the Ukraine Recovery Plan.
In particular, we are talking about the military-industrial complex.
“We aim to create a high-tech military-industrial complex, in particular, thanks to the transfer of European and world military technologies, attracting investment in design development and building military production,” he wrote.
Also, the prime minister said at the forum that the country has a significant potential for the supply of “clean” energy and Europe’s largest gas storage facilities.
“Digital technologies. In the future, Ukraine can turn into a digital hub of Asian and European backbone Internet traffic. The agricultural sector, whose investment potential is at least $34 billion. Green Deal. We see ourselves as a climate modernized state. European investment in pure Ukrainian production is a step to the implementation of the green transition,” Shmyhal said.



Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas, and Berlin expects the transit agreement with Russia to be extended, the German government’s official representative, Steffen Seibert, told reporters on Monday in Berlin.
“It remains central for the German government that Ukraine remain a transit country even following the completion of construction on Nord Stream 2. There is a transit agreement,” Seibert said.
The representative said that the current transit agreement “is valid at least until 2024, though the agreement envisages that the parties will review the possibility of extending the agreement until 2034.”
“We expect the agreement to be extended,” Seibert said.

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SkyUp (Kyiv) will start flights to Berlin (Germany) from March 29.
The press service of the airline said on Tuesday that the flights will be to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“Germany will become one of the new destinations of our summer navigation, which we are preparing to announce in the near future,” SkyUp said.
For comfortable and safe travel, the airline recommends to additionally check the current rules for entry and vacation in the airline flight program countries on the eve of departure.
In 2019, SkyUp Airlines performed 12,198 flights and carried more than 1.7 million passengers (the shares of regular and charter flights of the total number of flights were almost the same).
In the next five years, the air carrier planned to increase its share of the Ukrainian air transportation market up to 50%.
Skyup Airlines LLC was registered in Kyiv in June 2016. The founder is Tetiana and Yuriy Alba’s ACS-Ukraine LLC, which also owns the JoinUp! tour operator.

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German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Oleksiy Honcharuk on his appointment as Prime Minister of Ukraine, expressed interest in developing Ukrainian-German relations and invited the head of the Ukrainian government to visit Berlin in the nearest time.
“I would be very glad to welcome you soon in Berlin,” the text of Merkel’s letter to Honcharuk, published on the German government’s website on Tuesday, says.
According to her, the German Federal Government will remain a reliable partner for Ukraine and the Ukrainian government in carrying out key reforms in the field of justice, decentralization and the fight against corruption.
“Germany wants to work together in close dialogue with Ukraine on many of the challenges Ukraine faces. The goal remains in that Ukraine can shape its own future with sovereignty and full territorial integrity. Germany is also interested in further deepening bilateral economic relations. We look forward to working with you in this area,” the letter says.

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