Ukrainian and Lithuanian experts have identified key points that should be taken into account by exporters.

Last year Ukraine was used only 11 of the 40 quotas for duty-free export to the EU. The advantage here again had a raw component — cereals, ferrous metals and ore. Of the 96 groups of goods involved in foreign trade operations of Ukraine and EU countries, only 35 have a positive balance, and 61 group — negative. Ukrainian exporters need to accelerate the certification of its products, to bet on the now topical in the EU environmentally friendly, natural products, seek partners that are already known and their niche in the European markets.

This was discussed at the Ukrainian-Lithuanian business seminar, dedicated to the promotion of products and services to the markets of Europe. A series of activities “strengthening the partnership with business to achieve the UN goals on sustainable development” in Kiev, Kherson and Zhitomir (April-June 2019) is supported by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

“For Ukrainian business, such collaboration is part of the effort not only concerning the deepening of bilateral partnership, but also our companies in the markets of the entire EU”, – said the President of UMB Kinakh. He was supported by the Lithuanian Ambassador Marius Janukonis. He noted that the number of joint projects is growing all the time, and issues of economic integration Lithuania has the capabilities and is interested to help Ukraine.

Ukrainian and Lithuanian experts have identified key points that should be taken into account by exporters.

“The first thing to do Ukraine is to create certification centers that sell products in Europe is almost impossible. Second – the Ukrainian government should negotiate with the EU to those certificates and certificates that have business, was recognized in the European Union”, – said the Director of the Association of environmental engineering (Lithuania) Konstantin Lasevich.

In turn, partner of the law firm “Ilyashev and partners” Elena Omelchenko noted that often the exporters and even the Ukrainian officials do not know how to defend trade interests in markets that restrict the import or other.

“We need to be aware of how the country protects its domestic market and how to challenge it. It can be not tariff methods, but also anti-dumping, countervailing, etc. If the exporter was in a situation when import of goods is restricted, please contact the UMB, to the government. No doubt, the economic development Ministry has enough resources to protect the Ukrainian producer in such a situation”, – said the lawyer.

Ukrainian producers, unfortunately, do not advertise their benefits on the EU market. This is evidenced by doctor of technical Sciences (Lithuania) Rimantas Budrys. According to him, Europe is now at the legislative level will contain provisions on preferences for products that are environmentally friendly, recyclable. It is also necessary to consider. Even such slight remarks on the labels as “produced from local raw materials”, “environmental damage is not revealed” – will play into the hands of exporters, and to bet it all that distinguishes you from your competitors.

The workshop on April 5 will be presentations of companies that are prepared to export products to the EU (Vinnitsa plant “Mayak”, IDA startup R&D firm “favor”, etc.).

Recall that the Ukrainian-Lithuanian bilateral business councils active for many years. Thanks to a partnership effort implemented several pilot projects, held a series of seminars for Ukrainian business concerning norms and EU standards (Kiev-Vilnius). From April 2019 start a pilot project to attract grant funds of the EU for the restoration of infrastructure of Donbass, partner in Ukraine is provided by the USPP. I’ll start with equipment of school No. 2 in Avdeevka educational and sports equipment.