Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE REDUCES PIPE PRODUCTION BY 27%

The main pipe enterprises of Ukraine in January-August of this year reduced production of pipes from ferrous metals, according to recent data, by 27% compared to the same period last year, to 539,100 tonnes, in particular in August 69,300 tonnes were produced.
The Ukrtruboprom association told Interfax-Ukraine that the enterprises of the association, in particular, for the eight months of the year reduced production of pipes by 34.7%, to 351,400 tonnes, including 45,500 tonnes in August.
Pipe production at Interpipe Nyzhniodniprovsky Pipe Rolling Plant for the indicated period decreased by 43.9%, to 95,100 tonnes (13,100 tonnes in August), at Interpipe Novomoskovsk Pipe Plant by 33.3%, to 51,000 tonnes (7,600 tonnes). Interpipe Niko Tube reduced production by 26.6%, to 191,500 tonnes (23,500 tonnes).
Dnipropetrovsk Pipe Plant produced 300 tonnes of pipes, while in January-August 2019 some 15,700 tonnes of products were made, Centravis reduced production by 10.9%, to 12,300 tonnes (1,100 tonnes).
Trubostal plant reduced its output by 33.3%, to 1,200 tonnes of pipes.

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UKRAINE SEES MEAT AND EGG PRODUCTION FALL

Milk production in Ukraine in January-August 2020 (excluding the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, Sevastopol, the JFO zone) decreased by 0.2% compared to the same period in 2019, to 6.46 million tonnes.
According to the State Statistics Service, 2.15 million tonnes of meat (in live weight) were produced in the first eight months of this year, which is 0.2% less than in January-August of the previous year.
Egg production in January-August 2020 decreased by 0.9%, to 11.54 billion eggs.

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WEIDMANN MALYN PAPER FACTORY CUTS PRODUCTION BY 12%

Weidmann Malyn paper factory (MPF, Zhytomyr region), the only producer of electrical insulating board for power engineering machines in Ukraine, reduced production by 12.6% in January-August 2020 compared with January-August 2019, to UAH 351.85 million, the UkrPapir association has said.
According to UkrPapir data provided to Interfax-Ukraine, in physical terms during this period the factory cut industrial paper production by 8.3%, to 3,650 tonnes, whereas transformer board production increased by 26%, to 3,580 tonnes.
MPF Weidmann, founded in 1871 and a member of the Weidmann international group from 2000, is the only company in Eastern Europe that can supply almost all kinds of electrical insulating paper and cardboard meeting regional and international standards.
The factory produces transformer board, electrical insulating paper for power cables and transformer windings, crepe paper and other types of paper for industrial use, such as, packaging, filtration, and wallpaper.

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AZOVSTAL RAISES PRODUCTION OF ROLLED METALS

According to recent data, metallurgical plant Azovstal (Mariupol, Donetsk region), a member of Metinvest Group, in January-August 2020 increased production of general rolled metals by 3.6% compared to the same period last year, to 2.66 million tonnes.
The representative of the enterprise told Interfax-Ukraine that during this period steel production increased by 3.2%, to 2.82 million tonnes, cast iron production increased by 8.3%, to 2.52 million tonnes.
In August, Azovstal produced 380,000 tonnes of general rolled metals, 410,000 tonnes of steel and 366,000 tonnes of cast iron.
Azovstal in 2019 reduced production of general rolled metals by 3.2% compared to 2018, to 3.753 million tonnes, production of steel by 1.6%, to 4.016 million tonnes, production of cast iron by 6.3%, to 3.475 million tonnes.
The enterprise belongs to Metinvest Group, the main shareholders of which are SCM Group (71.24%) and Smart-Holding (23.76%), jointly managing the company.
Metinvest Holding LLC is the management company of Metinvest Group.

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UKRAINE CUTS STEEL PRODUCTION BY 6%

Ukrainian metal and mining enterprises in January-August 2020 decreased rolled steel output 1.5% year-over-year, to 12.337 million tonnes.
According to the Ukrmetallurgprom association, steel smelting fell by 6.2%, to 13.742 million tonnes, cast iron output by 0.9%, to 13.599 million tonnes.
In August 2020, Ukrainian metal companies produced 1.69 million tonnes of rolled steel, 1.887 million tonnes of steel, and 1.858 million tonnes of cast iron.
As reported, Ukrainian metal and mining enterprises in 2019 cut rolled steel output by 1% year-over-year, to 18.4 million tonnes. Steel smelting fell by 1%, to 20.8 million tonnes, cast iron output by 2%, to 20 million tonnes.

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PARLIAMENT APPROVES PREFERENTIAL CONDITIONS FOR IMPORTED EQUIPMENT FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES PRODUCTION UNTIL 2028

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved some fiscal incentives for the development of electric transport in Ukraine, in particular, VAT and import duty exemption from 2021 until 2028 for equipment and spare parts for own production of electric transport (passenger cars, electric buses, electric trucks and special-purpose vehicles).
Bill No. 3476 amending the Tax Code and bill No. 3477 amending the Customs Code were passed at the first reading by 316 and 308 lawmakers respectively.
The proposed exemption will not apply only to equipment for the production of trolleybuses, because their output has already been established in Ukraine.
In addition, bill No. 3476 proposes to exempt the electrical industry companies selling electric motors for the production of electric vehicles (with the exception of trolleybuses), lithium-ion batteries, chargers, as well as automobile companies selling electric cars of their own production from paying income tax until December 31, 2033.
The bill proposes to extend or expand benefits for importers and buyers of electric vehicles.
It is proposed, in particular, to extend the VAT exemption for import and/or supply of electric cars until December 31, 2025 (currently the benefit is valid until the end of 2022).
A buyer of an electric car before December 31, 2030 is also offered to be exempted from paying the mandatory pension insurance fee, be provided with a tax discount on the payment of personal income tax, but these standards are proposed to be introduced from January 1, 2026.
According to an explanatory note to the bills, there is a sufficient industrial potential of Ukraine in the production of electric vehicles. In particular, there are five bus plants, a truck plant, and the facilities, which produce 300,000 passenger cars at three plants.
However, today the government is stimulating the import of electric vehicles, not their production. In particular, from January 1, 2016, there is no import duty, exemption from VAT is extended until 2022 and the excise rate is set at EUR 1 per 1 kW/h of battery capacity.
“The introduction of preferential taxation increased the import of electric vehicles from 1,706 vehicles in 2016 to 7,542 vehicles in 2019, but used electric vehicles are dominating in the market (93% in 2019),” the authors of the bills said.

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