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UKRAINIAN 1+1 MEDIA GROUP TO DOUBLE MONTHLY PAYMENT FOR PRODUCTS IN Q2 2020

1+1 Media Group intends to double the cost of media products in 2020, simultaneously it will introduce a 50% discount for the first quarter, director of the distribution and broadcast development department of the group told reporters on Tuesday.
According to the published plans of the media group, starting from the second quarter of 2020, the cost of a package of group’s channels for one subscriber per month for providers will be UAH 6 for linear rights (SD and HD) and UAH 1.5 for Catch Up rights. In 2021, this cost will be UAH 7 UAH and UAH 1.75, UAH 8 and UAH 2 in 2022 respectively.
“In 2020, we will technologically make everyone equal: whether it is an analog cable operator, an OTT provider, a DTH platform or an IPTV provider: the pricing policy will be the same for everyone…At the same time, since there are both SD and HD, no added cost to be fixed for HD, we will not monetize it separately. This is our promise to providers, the added value to their market. Accordingly, from the second quarter of 2020, the price will total UAH 6. In 2021 and 2022 there will no longer be these sharp price spikes…Next, we will foresee adjustment for inflation the same as it works in the classical distribution,” he said.
Malchevsky also reported that for Q1, 2020 the company will introduce a 50% discount for all media products of the group.

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UKRAINE INTRODUCES 5-YEAR ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES ON SOME KINDS OF ROLLED PRODUCTS

Ukraine’s Interagency Commission on Foreign Trade has introduced 5-year anti-dumping duties on imports of certain kinds of rolled products with anti-corrosive coating from Russia (at 47.57%) and China (22.78%), according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. “In order to defend Ukrainian production of flat rolled products, it has been decided to apply anti-dumping measures with respect to imports of goods made in Russia and China to Ukraine for a period of five years,” the ministry said.
In addition, the commission extended its special measures with respect to imports of flexible, porous polyurethane foam, irrespective of the country of origin. According to the ministry, the duty on these goods will be 11.22% when the decision takes force, 10.66% after 12 months, and 10.13% after 24 months.

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UKRAINE KEEPS UNCHANGED EXPORTS OF SEMIFINISHED CARBON STEEL PRODUCTS IN 2018

Ukraine in 2018 retained exports of semifinished carbon steel products in kind at the level of 2017, totaling 6.291 million tonnes.
Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service said in a customs statistics report that exports of semifinished carbon steel products in monetary terms grew by 18.2%, to $3.003 billion.
The bulk of semifinished carbon steel products was exported to Italy (34.24% of total exports in monetary terms), Egypt (15.53%), and Turkey (14.78%).
Last year Ukraine imported 43,880 tonnes of semifinished carbon steel products, which is twice up year-on-year. Imports in monetary terms grew by 2.2-fold, to $26.412 million.
Imports of semifinished carbon steel products originated from Russia (97.9%), Kazakhstan (1.44%) and the United States (0.5%).
In 2017 Ukraine cut exports of imports in kind by 18.8% from 2016, to 6.292 million tonnes, while exports in monetary terms increased by 14.9%, to $2.542 billion.
Italy accounted for 30.61% of exports in monetary terms, while the share of Turkey was 17.02% and that of Egypt – 16.28%.
Imports of semifinished carbon steel products in 2017 totaled 22,038 tonnes, which was 20.1% up from 2016. Imports in monetary terms grew by 85.4%, to $12.091 million.
Most of semifinished carbon steel products were imported from Russia (95.48% of total imports), Kazakhstan (4.03%), and Bulgaria (0.25%).

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ZHYDACHIV PAPER MILL MAKES PRODUCTS FOR UAH 412 MLN IN 2018

Zhydachiv Pulp and Paper Mill (Lviv region), which resumed operations in May 2017, made products for UAH 411.86 million in January-November 2018.
According to the UkrPapir association, this month the plant produced 4,280 tonnes of paper and 27,180 tonnes of cardboard (including corrugated paper), as well as 15.85 million square meters of corrugated boxes.
Another enterprise of the holding, Izmail Pulp and Paper Mill (Odesa region), produced goods for UAH 177.88 million in January-November 2018, which was 49% more than a year ago. The mill increased package cardboard output by 31.5%, to 13,370 tonnes and corrugated box output by 25.7%, to 16.59 square meters.
Zhydachiv Pulp and Paper Mill, once one of the top three enterprises in the industry and the only manufacturer of newsprint in Ukraine at that time, was put into operation in 1951, in the best 2000s its output reached UAH 500 million. It had been standing idle since September 2014 till May 2017.

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NEW MARKETS OF 24 STATES COULD OPEN FOR POULTRY PRODUCTS FROM UKRAINE

Now new markets for Ukrainian products are opening today, and the compatibility of the poultry exports public supervision system is being assessed, and in 2019-2020 it is expected that markets of 24 states will open, the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumers’ Rights Protection has said. According to a report on the website of the authority, over the past two years, 21 countries have opened new markets for Ukrainian poultry products. In particular, the markets of 14 countries were opened for the export of poultry meat and products and the markets of seven countries for the export of eggs and egg products. As reported, in the middle of December 2018, Ukraine and Morocco agreed on a veterinary certificate for the export of Ukrainian egg products, and in November, Ukraine and Tunisia – for the export of Ukrainian poultry meat.

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LARGE PRODUCER OF HOME AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS FROM UKRAINE STARTS SUPPLIES TO POLAND RETAIL CHAIN

The Biosphere Corporation (Dnipro), a large producer of home and personal care products, has entered the Polish market, signing an agreement on supplies of moist wipes Smile under the license of The Walt Disney Company and Universal with the Biedronka retail chain. “Biosphere Corporation entered the Polish market with a contract with the Biedronka chain. In one of the largest Polish networks, which includes more than 2,800 stores across the country, 15 names of the Smile brand will be presented under the license of The Walt Disney Company and Universal. Thus, the Smile brand was the first in Poland with an official license from the two largest Western studios. In the nearest future the corporation plans to enter other chains of this country,” the press service of the Biosphere Corporation said.
The corporation was also informed about the exclusive license from The Walt Disney Company and Universal, with which it has been cooperating since 2012, for using cartoon characters on the moist wipes Smile on the Polish market.
Biosphere Corporation, which has been operating in Ukraine for over 20 years, is the leader in the production and distribution of home and personal care products in Ukraine and the CIS. Its products are represented on some 20 markets in Europe and Asia. In the product portfolio the company has more than 2,000 items.

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