Ukraine is in a fast moving process of transition. A large part of the national economy depends on activities in the AgriFood sector, with export markets in Europe, Middle East, Far East and North Africa.
On 27 June 2014 the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine was signed. The DCFTA entered into force on 1 January 2016. Overall Ukraine and the EU will eliminate respectively 99,1% and 98,1% of duties in trade value. For Ukraine the DCFTA opens up an export market of 28 EU Member States: more than 500 million consumers with purchasing power and high quality demands.

The EU is Ukraine’s largest trading partner, accounting for more than a third of its trade in 2015. Ukrainian export to the EU reached 40% of the total amount in the period January-February 2016. The Netherlands is one of the key partners for Ukrainian AgriFood export.

In particular the Ukrainian food processing industry shows a high potential. The DCFTA provides an opportunity to make the sector more competitive and diversify its export. Ukrainian AgriFood companies and government officials perceive the opportunities. They understand that Ukrainian food safety standards should correspond with European ones. For the purpose of their improvement and better control, the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection was founded in September 2014, which is nowadays fully operational.

Currently many Ukrainian AgriFood companies meet the European and Global standards for food safety, and are already exporting to the EU. Others are getting ready. Our experienced Dutch suppliers of food processing equipment, packaging lines, storage technology and logistics will be glad to support Ukrainian AgriFood companies that are in the process of transition!

We have formed a consortium of Dutch companies that have a long experience of doing business abroad, most of them also in Ukraine. Our participants are complementary in their scope of activities. They strongly believe that by joining forces – and under the flag of Holland Branding – they can reach much better marketing and commercial results. As a group these companies have agreed to collaborate with the Dutch government to enter the Ukrainian market in a renewed way, as a Public-Private Partnership with focus on food safety, food security and chain management.

Partners for International Business (PIB) FoodTechLink Ukraine has been formalized on 25 March 2015 by signing a covenant between the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and a consortium of Dutch companies. The cooperation will last for at least 3 years and gives Dutch equipment suppliers the opportunity to compete for large projects in the Ukrainian food processing industry. This means the installation of complete processing & packaging lines, inclusive temperature controlled storage facilities and waste water treatment installations. These processing lines meet the regular standards of food safety in the EU, confirmed by HACCP, BRC and IFS certificates.

PIB FoodTechLink Ukraine focuses on the most promising food processing sectors in Ukraine:

• Fruits & Vegetables
• Industrial Bakery & Confectionery
• Dairy
• Meat