Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE INCREASES CORN SUPPLY TO CHINA BY 5.4 TIMES IN 2014/2015 MY – EXPERT

KYIV. July 10 (Interfax-Ukraine) – In the 2014/2015 marketing year (MY, July-June) Ukraine exported more than 2.7 million tonnes of corn to China, which is 5.4 times more than in the previous marketing year.

“According to UkrAgroConsult, maize exports to China in the 2013/2014 MY exceeded 500,000 tonnes, while in the 2014/2015 MY the figure is estimated at about 2.7 million tonnes,” the leading grain market expert at UkrAgroConsult consulting agency, Yelyzaveta Malyshko, told Interfax-Ukraine.

According to her, in April and May 2015 Ukrainian companies supplied about one million tonnes of this crop to the country.

“Ukrainian corn is well known all over the world. First of all, it is not genetically modified. Despite the fact that China accepts 15 varieties of genetically modified corn, it does not accept maize stamped MIR 162. American corn in this sense has problems with exports to China. In the year before the marketing year, 1.3 million tonnes of U.S. corn was not accepted at Chinese ports,” Acting Chairman of PJSC State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine Borys Prykhodko said.

UKRAINE TO ESTABLISH CONTACTS WITH KEY INVESTORS AT FIRST U.S.-UKRAINIAN BUSINESS FORUM – MINISTER

KYIV. July 10 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The task of the Ukrainian delegation at the first American-Ukrainian Business Forum, which will take place in Washington (the United States) on July 13, 2015, is to establish direct contacts with key investors, according to Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Aivaras Abromavicius

“Our task is to show a new government team and establish direct relations with the key investors,” Abromavicius said at a briefing.

He did not predict the outcome of the forum, saying that establishing contacts with a potential investor often takes a long time.

According to Trade Representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolska, the 200 largest U.S. companies will attend the forum. Well-known investor and billionaire, president of NCH George Soros and investment banker David Rubenstein will speak at the forum.

The delegation will present Ukraine’s agricultural sector, IT, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, energy, aviation, and missile building industry at the forum.

YUZHNY PORT ASSESSES CAPITAL INVESTMENT UNTIL 2020 AT $500 MLN

KYIV. July 10 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Yuzhny seaport (Odesa region) has assessed the total plan of capital investment for 2015-2019 under the investment program for medium-term outlook as being worth $500 million, the port’s press service has reported.

The press service said that Head of Yuzhny Port Oleksandr Lahosha gave this information to a delegation of representatives of the commercial office of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine headed by Senior Commercial Officer James Lindley and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine headed by President Andy Hunder during their visit to the port.

Lahosha said that in the past year the efforts of Yuzhny seaport have been aimed at supporting existing facilities and increasing the operating effectiveness for loading and unloading or ships with a carrying capacity of 175,000-200,000 tonnes.

He said that the top priorities in the development of the port are the modernization of berths for loading and unloading, an increase in the number of handling facilities, and boosting cargo handling volume and development of port infrastructure. However, the implementation of this investment program is impossible without raising the funds of private investors.

In turn, Hunder said that he is ready to promote the establishment of mutually beneficial contacts with U.S. private businesses and raising foreign capital.

Yuzhny port was founded in 1978. It is located on the Adzhalyk firth and is the deepest harbor in Ukraine. The length of its berths is around 2.6 kilometers. The port has six handling terminals.

Sea terminals in various forms of ownership operate at the port: Pivdenny oil terminal, Transbunker-Yug LLC’s fuel handling terminal, a terminal of Transinvestservice LLC, a grain handling terminal of Borivage LLC, and a tropic oil handling and processing complex of Delta Wilmar CIS LLC.

FIRST COMBINE UNDER JOINT PRODUCTION OF KHARKIV TRACTOR PLANT, SAMPO ROSENLEW TO BE READY IN SEPT

KHARKIV. July 10 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The first trial model of a combine jointly produced by Kharkiv tractor plant and Finland’s Sampo Rosenlew will be ready in September, Kharkiv Tractor Plant Director General Vladyslav Hubin has said.

“We tentatively plan to do this in September… In general it is planned to assemble five trial models this year,” he said at a press conference on Thursday.

Hubin said both companies plan to start mass production of combines under the project in 2016: 200 units will be made.

As reported, a contract to create a joint venture by Kharkiv tractor plant and Sampo Rosenlew was signed in December 2014.

In 2014, Kharkiv tractor plant produced and sold 1,455 tractors, which is 10.4% or 137 units more than a year ago, and this year the plant plans to sell more than 2,000 tractors (37.5% up).

In 2016, Kharkiv tractor plant plans to manufacture about 200 harvesters, and by 2018 to increase production to 500 units per year.

The plant, which is part of a joint project with Sampo Rosenlew for harvester production, intends to bring the level of localization to at least 35% within the first year of mass production.

POROSHENKO ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF NEW CUSTOMS TERMINAL IN ODESA REGION

KYIV. July 9 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced the development of a new customs terminal in Odesa region.

“As of today, the development of a new [customs] terminal with the unprecedented speed of customs clearance and without direct contact between entrepreneurs and clerks is in the pipeline. A new, transparent office of effective public services, which are provided by the state, will be introduced, and it will be high-quality and non-corrupt services,” he said at a meeting with regional governors and law enforcement agencies in Odesa on Wednesday.

MYKOLAIV STATE RESEARCH & DESIGN SHIPBUILDING CENTRE DEVELOPS KENTAVR ARMORED FAST ASSAULT CRAFT FOR FOREIGN CUSTOMER

KYIV. July 9 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Mykolaiv-based State Research & Design Shipbuilding Centre has started the development of its new project, the Kentavr [Centaur] armored fast assault craft for a foreign customer.

According to Interfax-Ukraine defense sources the preparation of new the Kentavr project, which is a development of the production line of the small armored artillery crafts Gurza and Gurza-M, was ensured by the April contract with Ukrspecexport state enterprise. The details of cooperation and name of the foreign customer haven’t been revealed.

According to the manufacturer, in contrast to the Gurza and Gurza-M, Kentavr has extended functions to execute special tasks and solve complicated tasks in sea and river water zones through combat or by transporting 32 assault troopers.

“In prospect, the possibility of realizing Kentavr project as a part of international cooperation both on Ukraine’s capacity and abroad at the interest of Ukrainian Navy isn’t left out,” the source said.

Manufacturing of Gurza-M boats, as ordered by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, is carried out by Kyiv-based Leninska Kuznia PJSC. The boat’s full load displacement is 50,7 tonnes, its length is 23 meters, its width is 4.8 meters and its draught is one meter. The boat’s maximum speed is 25 kts, its cruise speed range is 700 miles, and its endurance is a maximum of five days. The boat has two remote controlled BM-5M.01 fight modules made by Mykolaiv Repair Mechanic Plants, an optoelectronic fire control system and a set of portable anti-aircraft weapon systems.

According to information made public by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, by the end of 2015, the Ukrainian Navy will be reinforced with two Gurza-M boats, and by 2020 – with 18 boats.