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JAPAN TOBACCO INTERNATIONAL BRINGS LOGIC COMPACT ELECTRONIC VAPORIZER PRODUCT TO UKRAINIAN MARKET

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is bringing the new Logic Compact electronic vaporizer to the Ukrainian market, which will be available in 27 countries by the end of the year. This was announced by JTI Ukraine Marketing Director Oleksandr Ponomarchuk during the presentation of Logic Compact in Kyiv.
“We are launching the product in Kyiv. If to look at the market, then electronic vaporizers account for 7.4%, tobacco vaporizers for 8.4%, and cigarettes for 84.2%. Moreover, the e-vape market in Kyiv doubled in a year from $33 million in 2018 to $63 million in 2019. Until 2021, we expect growth in Kyiv to $106 million and in Ukraine in general to $290 million,” he said.
Currently, the product is presented in 20 countries.
According to Ponomarchuk, the largest consumers of Logic products are the markets of Britain, France and Italy, and with the advent of Logic Compact, the largest market has become the Russian Federation.
According to him, the company sees a great potential of the product in the electronic cigarette market in Ukraine.
“We take into account market regulation. We understand that it will come sooner or later. However, the approach is based on potential – if the market is profitable, we go there,” he said.
At the same time, he said that studies have shown that product vapor contains 95% fewer components recommended by the World Health Organization for reducing in cigarette smoke.
The product will be available from November 29 in the Rozetka online store and in the Lavina Mall and River Mall shopping centers. The retail price of the device is UAH 699, a set of two replaceable cartridges costs UAH 99.
Japan Tobacco International is an international division of Japan Tobacco. It produces cigarettes under the brands Winston, Mevius, Camel, Sobranie, Glamor, and LD.

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JTI UKRAINE ANNOUNCES RESUMPTION OF PRODUCTION AT FACTORY IN KREMENCHUK FROM NOV 11

JTI Ukraine, a large tobacco company, after a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and ministers on Thursday has said that it resumes production at its factory in Kremenchuk (Poltava region) following the similar announcement made by British American Tobacco Ukraine.
“After yesterday’s fruitful meeting with the President of Ukraine, we decided to fully resume production of cigarettes at the Kremenchuk factory. From Monday, November 11, the JTI Ukraine factory will resume production at all lines,” Director Corporate Affairs at JT International Ukraine Gintautas Dirgela told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday.
As reported, British American Tobacco Ukraine after a meeting with Zelensky and ministers on November 7 has announced the resumption of production at the B.A.T.-Pryluky plant (Chernihiv region), starting from November 8, 2019.
“We heard words of support and assurances about an early solution to the problem that has damaged our industry and the country’s economy as a whole. Therefore, despite some uncertainty about the fate of bill No. 1049, but relying on the president’s guarantees, we plan to gradually restore production in Pryluky, starting as early as November 8, 2019,” the company said in the statement.
British American Tobacco Ukraine on October 11, 2019 stopped production at B.A.T.-Pryluky plant. The company explained its decision by the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of bill No. 1049 with the norm on the state regulation of the trade margin on cigarettes. Then the company turned to the State Fiscal Service to withdraw 25 million excise stamps and return UAH 505 million paid for them.
JTI Ukraine, one of the largest tobacco companies in Ukraine, on October 22 said that it refused to pay for 16 million excise labels worth UAH 350 million in connection with the reduction of production over the adoption of bill No. 1049 containing a requirement of regulating the cigarette markup. The company cut production by 73% compared with its plans in the second half of October.
Earlier Philip Morris Ukraine, British American Tobacco, JTI and Imperial Tobacco in Ukraine are mulling the possibility of decreasing production and later closing the tobacco factories on the territory of Ukraine over the adoption of the legislative requirement on the government regulation of markup on their goods by the Verkhovna Rada.
Bill No. 1049, passed at second reading, introducing a single account for paying taxes and duties, the single social security contribution, sets a fixed markup for wholesale and retail traders of tobacco products at 7% and 13% of the maximum retail price per package.

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JTI UKRAINE WANTS TO WITHDRAW UAH 350 MLN OF PAID EXCISE DUTY

JTI Ukraine, one of the largest tobacco companies in Ukraine, has submitted an application to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS) seeking to withdraw 16 million excise labels for which the company paid UAH 350 million in connection with the adoption of bill No. 1049 containing a requirement of regulating the cigarette markup, the company told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.
“We are withdrawing UAH 350 million of excise tax paid due to the adoption of a bill establishing a fixed markup for cigarettes by the Verkhovna Rada,” the press service of the tobacco company said.
According to JTI Ukraine, the company reduced production by 73% in the second half of October compared to its plans.
As reported, British American Tobacco (BAT), a large global tobacco manufacturer, halted production at the B.A.T.-Pryluky factory in Chernihiv region on October 11, 2019. The company said that the reason was bill No. 1049 adopted by the Verkhovna Rada with the requirement on the government regulation of the markup on their goods. Then the company applied to the SFS with the purpose of withdrawing 25 million excise labels and returning UAH 505 million paid for them.
Earlier Philip Morris Ukraine, British American Tobacco, JTI and Imperial Tobacco in Ukraine are mulling the possibility of decreasing production and later closing the tobacco factories on the territory of Ukraine over the adoption of the legislative requirement on the government regulation of markup on their goods by the Verkhovna Rada.
Bill No. 1049, passed at second reading, introducing a single account for paying taxes and duties, the single social security contribution, sets a fixed markup for wholesale and retail traders of tobacco products at 7% and 13% of the maximum retail price per package.
Later, the Council of Entrepreneurs under the Cabinet of Ministers has asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to veto bill No. 1049 introducing a single account for paying taxes and duties, and the single social security contribution, as it deprives enterprises of the right to set prices for tobacco goods.

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JTI HAS 2.4-RISE IN NET PROFIT IN UKRAINE IN 2018

Private joint-stock company JT International Company Ukraine, a large tobacco company in Ukraine, in 2018 saw UAH 400.3 million in net profit, which is 2.4 times more than in 2017.
According to a company report on holding the annual general meeting of shareholders scheduled for April 26, the retained earnings in 2018 doubled, to UAH 773.6 million.
The current liabilities of JT International Company Ukraine last year decreased 20%, to UAH 2.7 billion, the company has no noncurrent liabilities. Total receivables increased 2%, to UAH 879 million.
According to the draft decision of the meeting, the company intends to send profits to the development of the enterprise and the financing of its activities, payment of dividends is not planned.
The company also intends to obtain permission from shareholders to purchase tobacco products in 2019 from JT International Ukraine PJSC (the factory belongs to this company) for UAH 18 billion. In addition, the company wants to agree on the conclusion of supply contracts for the sale of tobacco products for UAH 21 billion in 2019.
JT International Company Ukraine is part of Japan Tobacco Inc. (JTI).
In Ukraine, it owns Kremenchuk tobacco factory (Poltava region).

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