Trading Partner Portal: Ukraine

Overview

Trade Overview

Ukraine has a population of approximately 45.2 million and is the second largest country in Europe by land mass. In 2014, Ukraine’s GDP was $90.615 billion. In 1991 when the Soviet Union dissolved, Ukraine became independent. Ukraine has been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 2008, and has since been working toward attracting foreign investment. (The World Bank)

Two-way trade in goods between the United States and Ukraine was approximately $1.6 billion in 2016. Ukraine is the United States’ 75th largest export destination with more than $1 billion in exports. The top import into the United States from Ukraine is primary metal manufacturing, accounting for over 49.6% of total imports. Top exports from the United States to Ukraine include non-electrical machinery, minerals and ores, transportation equipment, and chemicals.

California Exports to UkraineUkraine is California’s 84th largest export destination with $38 million in exports in 2016, a drastic decline from $93 million in 2013. California is among the top 10 state exporters to Ukraine. Computer and electronic products  accounted for $11 million of exports or 28.8 percent, second-hand merchandise accounted for 13.3 percent, and agricultural products accounted for 12.1 percent of exports. California imported $33 million from Ukraine in 2016, which included food manufactures, nonelectrical machinery, and fish.

U.S. – Ukrainian Trade and Investment Council

In 2008, shortly after Ukraine became a member of the WTO, the U.S. and Ukraine signed a TICA, which established the U.S.-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Council. Chaired by the USTR and the Ukrainian Ministry of Economy, the council is the primary organization for managing the trade and investment relationship between the two countries. The fourth meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine TIC was held in Washington on July 31, 2012.

Useful links

WTO Trade Profile
USTR Trade Information
U.S. Deptartment of State Ukraine Page
CIA Factbook: Ukraine

Letter from Consul General Sergiy Aloshyn of San Francisco, regarding the establishment of the Industrial Park “Central” in the Kremenchuk city (Ukraine).

Regions

Regions

Crimea

Crimea is a well developed region in Ukraine, located along the northern peninsula on the Black Sea. It is also known as a “Pearl of Ukraine.” It has been ranked by National Geographic as being one of the Top 20 Destinations in 2013.

The region of Crimea has a new campaign for promotion and attraction of investment, with an overall goal of improving the lives of the population of 2 million. The campaign will be focused on five areas:

  1. Tourism – the Crimean peninsula is a growing tourist region, with miles of beaches, mountains, forests and lakes. Currently, 64% of its tourist facilities are located on the southern coast.
  2. Agriculture sector – Crimea is one of the top grape growing areas in the region, with a thriving wine industry. Investment opportunities exist in processing of fruit and vegetables into convenience foods and juices and the production of meat and fish products.
  3. Transportation infrastructure – Crimea is well-situated in the Black Sea, making it an internationally significant transportation hub.
  4. Energy: solar/ wind – Although the majority of Crimea’s solar and wind energy demand is met by importing from mainland Ukraine, its solar energy potential is among the highest in Ukraine and its wind energy potential among the highest in Europe.
  5. Industrial development – Industry is the main sector of Crimea’s economy, making up almost 25% of the regions total fixed asset value. Crimea aims to develop further innovations, notably in high-tech engineering, equipment for agriculture and electronic and communication facilities.

Useful links:

Investment Profile
Crimea: Regional Profile
Crimea Report
Investment Proposals
Crimea Strategy 2020
Land Auctions
Resorts and Tourism Report
Yacht Tourism
Transport System Developments
Regional Air Transportation Development
Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Source: Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Cherkasy Region

The Cherkasy province of Ukraine (Cherkasy Oblast) is located in the center of the country, along the Dnieper River. It has a population of 1.3 million people, with 56.4% of residents dwelling in urban areas and 46.6% in rural areas.

Cherkasy region does business with 117 countries, and at the end of 2012 attracted $884 billion in foreign investments. With a favorable investment climate, central location, and abundant natural resources, the region has significant potential.

Strong industries in Cherkasy Region include agriculture, food processing, alternative energy production, infrastructure development, light industry, and tourism.

Source: Cherkassy Business Potential Report
Embassy of Ukraine to USA, January 2013

Events

Events

(From left to right) Consul General Sergiy Aloshyn of Ukraine; Yanina Pavlenko, Member of Parliament and CEO of the wine company “Novy Svet”; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs; Georgiy Psarov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; Oleksiy Starodubov, Adviser to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; Vice Consul Oleksandr Filipenko of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Delegates Highlight Joint Energy Opportunities with State, March 17, 2017

November 12, 2013 – The California Chamber of Commerce hosted an official delegation from the Republic of Crimea, Ukraine. The meeting focused on the cultural, historical and commercial significance of Crimea –which is a well-developed region in Ukraine, located along the northern peninsula on the Black Sea.