Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE IS NOT READY TO CONSIDER GRAIN EXPORT THROUGH BELARUS

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is not ready to consider the issue of exporting its own grain through Belarus.
“As for Belarus: this information is open. We were offered to go through Belarus by rail (to export grain). We even understand how much. But we understand why we were offered this. We are not yet ready to follow this format and help our ” friendly “neighbors,” Zelensky told reporters on Monday.

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CANADA MAY REPLACE BELARUS IN UKRAINIAN FERTILIZER MARKET – UCAB

After Canada cancels import duties on Ukrainian goods for a year, Canadian potash fertilizers may become the main ones in the Ukrainian market and thereby replace Belarusian ones, which have not been imported to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s armed aggression.
The possible role of Canada in the Ukrainian market of potash fertilizers was reported by the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB) on Facebook on Thursday.
The report states that Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of potash fertilizers. This country produces about 12 million tonnes of such fertilizers, thus occupying 24% of world production. At the same time, in 2021, Ukraine imported 287,500 tonnes of potash fertilizers, of which 69% came from Belarus, while its own production in the country is practically not developed.
“Therefore, Ukrainian farmers need to look for alternative suppliers, and Canada may become one of them. The abolition of import duties may become an additional factor, as it will increase the competitiveness of Ukrainian agricultural products in the Canadian market. Ukraine will be able to purchase potash fertilizers in Canada, in turn, sending its agricultural products, which are in abundance in the Ukrainian market, by the same transport,” the association said in the statement.
Canada imported 2.8 million tonnes of corn, 1.2 million tonnes of sunflower meal, and 0.5 million tonnes of soybeans in 2021, according to UCAB. It is these positions that Ukraine can supply to the Canadian market through the seaports of the Baltic countries.
The association recalled that before aggression of the Russian Federation, Ukraine had insignificant volumes of export deliveries of agricultural products to Canada, which was due not only to the significant territorial remoteness of this country, but also to the rather high development of the Canadian agro-industrial complex. Thus, during 2021, agricultural products worth $29.3 million were delivered to Canada, of which 49% of export revenue was formed by apple juice, 18% by sunflower oil and 11% by soybeans.
However, with the beginning of military aggression of the Russian Federation with the assistance of Belarus and the blockade of Ukrainian seaports by Russian warships, a number of countries canceled import duties on Ukrainian goods to help the Ukrainian economy. These factors may have an impact on Ukrainian foreign economic activity, including the increase in trade between Ukraine and Canada.
As reported, Canada, following the UK and the EU, would cancel all duties on imports of goods from Ukraine, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on May 8 after meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

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TEAMVIEWER LEAVES RUSSIA AND BELARUS

Software company TeamViewer has announced the complete cessation of its operations in Russia and Ukraine due to the Russian special operation in Ukraine.
“We have decided to completely phase out any remaining business activity in Russia and Belarus,” the company said in statement on its website.
“On top of compliance with all international sanctions and immediately having stopped new business, we also do not prolong any contracts with customers from Russia or Belarus,” the company said.
Existing subscriptions outside the scope of sanctions which are not affiliated with an unrightful usage of our products will be honored until contract-end but will not be renewed afterwards.
“Moreover, TeamViewer has blocked all unlicensed connections to and from Russia and Belarus to avoid any further usage of our software,” the company said.
TeamViewer (headquartered in Göppingen, southern Germany) is a manufacturer of software for remote access, remote management and remote maintenance of computers and other end devices.

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UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT LIMITS CIRCULATION OF MEDICINES PRODUCED IN RUSSIA AND BELARUS

The Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) has adopted a bill on limiting the circulation of medicines produced in the Russian Federation and Belarus (registration No. 7313).
The adoption of bill No. 7313 at the final reading at a session on Tuesday was supported by 316 MPs with the required 226 votes, Yaroslav Zhelezniak, a member of the Holos parliamentary faction, said on his Telegram channel.
As reported, bill No. 7313, which restricts the circulation of medicines produced in the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus, and authored by a group of MPs of the Servant of the People faction, including Head of the committee on national health, medical care and medical insurance Mykhailo Radutsky, was registered in the Rada on April 25, 2022.
According to First Deputy Minister of Health Oleksandr Komarida, state registration of medicines (all or selectively determined by the Ministry of Health) of an applicant in Ukraine can be temporarily canceled (registration certificate terminated) if it is established that this applicant or his representative is directly or indirectly related to business entities who are directly or indirectly involved in the production of medicines on the territory of the aggressor state (the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus).
In addition, the registration of the drug may be canceled if, after February 23, 2022, the applicant participated in at least one of the stages of production of any medicinal product or active pharmaceutical ingredients by an enterprise located on the territory of the aggressor state.

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RADA REGISTERS BILL RESTRICTING IMPORT OF MEDICINES PRODUCED IN RUSSIA, BELARUS

The Verkhovna Rada has registered a draft law restricting the circulation of medicines produced in the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus.
Relevant bill No. 7313 of April 25, 2022, authored by a group of MPs of the Servant of the People faction, including head of the Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance Mykhailo Radutsky, was registered in the Verkhovna Rada.
As reported, according to First Deputy Minister of Health Oleksandr Komarida, state registration in Ukraine of medicines (all or selectively determined by the Ministry of Health) of an applicant may be temporarily canceled (registration certificate terminated) if it is established that this applicant or his representative is directly or indirectly related to with business entities that are directly or indirectly involved in production of medicines on the territory of the aggressor state (the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus).
In addition, the registration of a drug may be canceled if, after February 23, 2022, the applicant participated in at least one of the stages of production of any medicinal product or active pharmaceutical ingredients by an enterprise located on the territory of the aggressor state.

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AMERICAN COMPANY UPS SUSPENDS WORK IN UKRAINE, BELARUS AND RUSSIA

The American postal service UPS has suspended its work in Ukraine.

As reported on its website, the decision was made “because of the situation in Ukraine.” Operations have also been halted in Belarus and Russia.

UPS provides mail service in 220 countries around the world.

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