Business news from Ukraine

THAILAND WILL KEEP ANTIDUMPING DUTIES ON IMPORTS OF HOT-ROLLED STEEL FROM 14 COUNTRIES

The Department of Foreign Trade of Thailand has announced the final decision to extend for another five years antidumping duties on the import of certain types of hot-rolled steel from 14 countries, including Ukraine with a slight decrease.
According to Steel Orbis, this decision was made following the revision of antidumping restrictions on imports of these products from Japan, South Africa, Russia, Kazakhstan, India, South Korea, Venezuela, Argentina, Ukraine, Algeria, Indonesia, Slovakia, Romania and Taiwan.
The size of the duties is from 0% to 128.11%. At the same time, duties on deliveries from Ukraine will amount to 30.45%-67.69%, from the Russian Federation – 24.2%-35.17%, Kazakhstan – 68.11%-109.25%.
The duty revision procedure was launched in May 2020 following a complaint from local manufacturers.
According to the information of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, at present there are duties on the supply of hot-rolled products in coils and not in coils to Thailand produced by Illich steel mill (Metinvest Group) – 32.17%, other manufacturers – 71.52%.

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UKRAINE STARTS ISSUING E-VISAS FOR CITIZENS OF THAILAND, MYANMAR, LAOS

The Ukrainian government has decided to optimize the issuance of electronic visas (e-Visas), including for citizens of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, according to the Ukrainian Embassy in Thailand.
“From November 1, 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will start issuing Ukrainian electronic visas for citizens of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos under a new, modern and convenient procedure,” the embassy said on the Facebook page.
Thus, to apply for an electronic visa, you should register on the MFA web platform https://evisa.mfa.gov.ua/; fill out a questionnaire, upload a photo and scanned copies of documents (passport, invitation, etc.), pay the consular fee with a bank card; receive an e-Visa by e-mail (sent in the PDF format).
It is noted that to enter Ukraine, it is required to print out the received e-Visa and present it with the passport to the border authorities of Ukraine at the checkpoints across the state border.
An electronic visa is issued for a single or double entry to Ukraine for up to 30 days with a business, private, tourist purpose, for medical treatment, activities in the field of culture, science, education, sports, performance of official duties by a foreign journalist or a representative of a foreign media.

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UKRAINE BECOMES LARGEST GRAIN SUPPLIER TO KINGDOM OF THAILAND

Ukraine became the largest supplier of grain to the Kingdom of Thailand and exported products worth more than $140 million in 2019, the press service of the Ukrainian Embassy in Thailand said.
The embassy said on its Facebook page that Ambassador of Ukraine to Thailand Andrii Beshta met with Director General of the Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Commerce of the Kingdom of Thailand Auramon Supthaweethum, during which the cooperation between the countries on trade and investment was discussed.
“Therefore, during the meeting, the parties discussed the implementation of the Trade Agreement signed in 2017 between the governments of Ukraine and Thailand, in particular, the importance of holding an inaugural meeting of the Joint Trade Commission and the Ukraine-Thailand Business Forum by the end of 2020,” the embassy said in the statement.
It is noted that Ukraine became the largest supplier of grain to Thailand and exported this type of product in the amount of more than $140 million over 2019. The total trade in goods and services between Ukraine and Thailand amounted to $570 million with a surplus of more than $116 million for Ukraine in 2019.

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UKRAINIANS CAN TRAVEL UP TO 30 DAYS WITHOUT VISAS TO THAILAND

Citizens of Ukraine can travel in Thailand for tourist purposes without visas from April 14, 2019.
“For a trip, you must have a passport (biometric or non-biometric). The period of a visa-free stay is up to 30 days,” the department of the consular service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine said.
To stay in Thailand for more than 30 days, regardless of the purpose of the trip, you must obtain a visa at the appropriate diplomatic mission or consular office.
The Foreign Ministry recalls that citizens of Ukraine should be covered by insurance when traveling abroad.

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UKRAINE CAN JOIN INDIA, ISRAEL, THAILAND AND BECOME ONE OF MAJOR PLATFORMS FOR CLINICAL DRUG TRIALS

Ukraine can join India, Israel, and Thailand and become another major platform for the rapidly growing industry of clinical trials of new drugs, James Peyer, managing partner of the U.S. biotechnology company Apollo Ventures, has said. “Clinical trials can be carried out (in Ukraine) with the same level of professionalism, with the same level of effectiveness as in the United States and Europe but without their high costs,” he said at the Ukraine House Davos health panel.
As reported earlier, bill No. 4074 on ensuring public access to the results of preclinical study and clinical trials of medicines was passed into law by the Ukrainian parliament in September 2018.
At present, about 200 clinical drug trials are underway in Ukraine. At the same time, in the past two years, the trend toward a decrease in the number of clinical trials has subsided.

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UKRAINIAN FM WARNS AGAINST VISITING THAILAND

In view of the approaching tropical storm Pabuk, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has asked Ukrainian citizens to refrain from visiting the Kingdom of Thailand, the Consular Service Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said.
“In view of the approaching tropical storm Pabuk and the deterioration of weather conditions in the southern regions of the Kingdom of Thailand (in provinces Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Trang, Satun, and Phuket) strong wind and precipitation are expected there from January 2 to 5, 2019. Flooding and typhoons that can lead to disruption of the transport communication systems, as well as interruptions in electricity and water supplies are possible,” a statement published on the website of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine said on January 2 night.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that citizens of Ukraine exercise increased vigilance and caution, and refrain from visiting coastal areas without a special need for this period,” the statement says.

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