Exporting to the European Union via Ukraine
Benefit from nearshoring in Ukraine by leveraging their competitive labour, and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs. This strategy to accessing the European market provides direct access to the 42 million consumers in Ukraine, as well as the entire EU market.
Advantages of nearshoring in Ukraine
Canadian companies have a unique opportunity to use Ukraine as their manufacturing or assembly base, cutting logistics costs and increasing product access. Several major European brands have recently found it cost-effective to move their manufacturing hubs to Ukraine for this reason.
- Highly-educated population with strong technical skills
- Competitively-priced labour for manufacturing and assembly
- Local expertise in meeting European specifications
Directly borders four EU countries
Free trade facilitates the flow of goods between Canada, Ukraine and the EU
Re-exporting from Ukraine to the EU
Free trade agreements
- Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)
- Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
- EU-Ukraine Deep Comprehensive Trade Area (DCFTA)
Guides to understanding the EU market
Challenges you may face
- Customs issues such as red tape.
- While major disputes are uncommon, they do arise. Canadian companies often rely on international arbitration for dispute settlement, since Rule of Law in Ukraine is weak.
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