Business news from Ukraine

DTEK ENTERS RETAIL GAS MARKET

The supplier of electricity and energy saving solutions YASNO (DTEK) will also sell natural gas.
According to the company, it has already received a package of licenses for the supply of natural gas and is negotiating the conclusion of the first gas contracts with legal clients.
YASNO is also preparing to supply natural gas to households.
“We understand how convenient and profitable it is for clients to have a single supplier that simultaneously provides electricity, gas, and also helps to save money thanks to energy saving solutions and products. This is a modern European practice that YASNO will implement in Ukraine in combination with a high level of service,” Business Development Director of YASNO Oleksandr Onyshchenko said.

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COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MARKET INCLUDING HEAVY VEHICLES 11% UP IN UKRAINE

Sales of new commercial vehicles (including heavy vehicles) in July increased by 11% compared to July 2019, to 1,163 vehicles, reports the Ukrautoprom association.
According to the association, the July sales result is 53.3% higher than the June one of the current year.
This increase in sales is primarily due to the results of the rating’s leader – Fiat, whose primary registrations grew 2.7 times by July 2019 and 2.3 times compared to June of the current year, to 257 units.
According to the data provided by Ukrautoprom, Peugeot moved to the second position in July from the fourth in June, pushing aside Renault. The demand for Peugeot vehicles doubled both compared to July 2019 and June 2020, to 164 units.
Renault has lost 38.6% of sales, ending the month with 127 registered vehicles (20% more than in June 2020). Mercedes-Benz came fourth (from the 11th position in July of the previous year) with 80 registrations against 43.
Ford entered the top five market leaders, having sold 72 vehicles in Ukraine – one unit more than a year ago.
Among the Ukrainian brands, only ZAZ entered the top twenty best-selling commercial vehicles with sales of 11 vehicles against 28 units in July 2020.
According to the statistics of the association, the market of buses of all classes in Ukraine in July decreased by almost 20% compared to July of the previous year but increased by 7.4% compared to June 2020, to 101 units.
The first place, as well as the last month, is occupied by Otaman buses of Cherkasy Bus Plant with the registration of 43 buses compared to 24 in July of the previous year and 45 buses in June of the current year.
Ford takes the second position climbing from the fourth in June, the demand for buses of this brand increased to 25 units – from 19 units in July 2019 and 10 units in June 2020, and the Ukrainian Etalon, which takes the third position, sold 10 buses comparing to six and 11, respectively.
The Ukrainian Ruta was fourth (five units against eight a year earlier), Hyundai was fifth with five buses (and none in July 2019).

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SINGAPORE OPENS MARKET FOR UKRAINIAN PORK AND CHICKEN MEAT

Singapore has opened its market for Ukrainian pork. “For the first time since long a foreign market has opened for Ukrainian pork. Singapore’s regulator has accredited a Ukrainian enterprise for export of thermally processed/tinned pork and chicken meat,” the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection said.
It also said that those were the first steps towards the opening of the global market for Ukrainian pork.

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COMMERCIAL VEHICLE AND BUSES MARKET IN UKRAINE DOWN

The sales of new commercial vehicles (including heavy vehicles) in June decreased by 21% compared to June 2019, to 760 units, Ukrautoprom reports.
According to the association, at the same time, the June sales result is 11.8% more than in May this year.
In June, Fiat demonstrated the best sales result, pushing Renault into the second position and managing to increase registrations by 16%, to 118 units.
Renault lost 35% of sales, completing the month with 106 registered cars, in third place, as a year earlier, was occupied by Ford with the registration of 82 cars against 80 in June 2019 and 50 in May this year.
Peugeot ranked fourth, having improved the position in the rating by one step and increased sales by 22%, to 77 vehicles. Belarus’ MAZ closes the top five of the June market of new commercial cars, with 64 registrations in its classification (15% less).
Ukrainian commercial vehicles were not included in the list of the 15 best-selling commercial cars, and Russia’s GAZ ranks 14th with the registration of 12 cars against 39 units in June 2019 and nine units in May of this year.
In total, in the first half of the year, the Ukrainian fleet of trucks and special vehicles was replenished with 4,100 new vehicles, which is a quarter less than in the same period last year.
At the same time, according to the statistics of the association, the bus market of all classes in Ukraine in June decreased by 5% compared to June last year, and almost doubled compared to May of the current year, to 94 buses.

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UKRAINE TO MAKE ALL HEATING TARIFFS MARKET-BASED BY LATE AUG 2020 – IMF

Ukraine in the memorandum to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the new Stand-By Arrangement has undertook by the end of August to review and approve all heating tariffs, linking them to the cost of gas and associated costs, including capital investments.
“We have eliminated the cap on household heating tariffs by revoking cabinet resolution No. 560 of June 26, 2019. We will ensure that, by the end of August 2020, all heating tariffs under the jurisdiction of both the NEURC (the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission of Ukraine) and local authorities are reviewed and officially enacted to fully reflect gas and non-gas costs (including capex),” the document says.
“Starting with the 2020/2021 heating season, heating tariffs will be reviewed and set at least once per year before the start of the heating season to ensure that changes in gas and non-gas costs (including capex) are adequately reflected in heating tariffs. To that end, prior to the start of the 2020/2021 heating season, we will rescind cabinet resolution No. 1082 of December 24, 2019, which allows for the asymmetric changes in heating bills without the need to address heating tariffs when the price of input gas changes. In order to mitigate the risk of future arrears we will develop in consultation with the World Bank mechanisms to provide buffers for district heating companies to deal with the volatility in the wholesale gas price,” according to the report.
“By the end of June we will legislate an October 1, 2020 deadline for all new utility service contracts incorporating the revised heating tariffs to be concluded,” it says.

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UKRAINIAN MANUFACTURER OF PET FOOD ENTERS ITALIAN AND SPANISH MARKETS

Kormotech LLC (Lviv region), a large Ukrainian manufacturer of cat and dog food, has launched first shipments of its products to Spain and Italy. The company said in its press release on Friday that by the end of the year it plans to export 1.5 tonnes of premium and super premium pet food to each of these countries.
“The first shipment to Italy was made on Wednesday, June 3. Dry and wet super premium food for cats and dogs under the brand Optimeal will be sold in the online shop Healthy Pet Italy. The company will sell its products in Spain under two Ukrainians brands: Optimeal and Club 4 Paws,” Kormotech said.
Kormotech LLC is the leading Ukrainian producer of feed for cats and dogs. The company exports products to 31 countries, including the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Iran and Chile.
The ultimate beneficiaries of Kormotech are Olena and Rostyslav Vovk.

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