Ukraine Business News,
Published on June 22, 2018
For the third year in a row, President Poroshenko has signed a law renewing export duties on scrap metals. A legacy of the once massive Soviet industrial park, Ukrainians ‘mine’ scrap metal, feeding it the modern metallurgical industry. This recycling lowers costs and makes Ukrainian metal exports more competitive on world markets.
As Ukraine seeks to diversify from dependence on Russian liquefied petroleum gas, Kazakhstan increased its liquefied petroleum gas exports to Ukraine more than 10 times through May, UPECO consulting company reports. Tengizchevroil accounted for most of the 87,700 tons sold by Kazakhstan. In 2016, Russia exported about 800,000 tons of LPG to Ukraine.
SkyUp, Ukraine’s new discount airline, is talking with Antonov about using Antonov jets on its domestic flights. Starting this summer, SkyUp plans to start regularly scheduled flights from Kyiv and Kharkiv to Odesa. For its long haul destinations, SkyUp has leased two Boeings. Comparable to Brazil’s Embraer and Canada’s Bombardier, Antonov makes durable regional jets in the 100-seat range best suited for flights under two hours.
Electric car chargers may soon be required at all gas stations, public garages and parking lots, Lev Partskhaladze, Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services, writes on Facebook. He writes: “Now there are not many electric cars in Ukraine, but their number will increase in geometric progression. In Europe, the number of electric cars over the past year has increased by more than 50%. We need to look and think ahead.” During the first quarter of 2018, imports of electric cars tripled over the same period last year, hitting 1,744.”
By Sept. 1, 1,000 parking spaces should open in the new multi-level parking garage facing Boyspil’s main terminal, Yevhen Dykhne, the airport’s first deputy CEO, tells Interfax-Ukraine. Construction has dragged on for five years. One year ago, Boyspil held a tender for second construction company to complete the job and allocated $17 million. A second stage of the parking complex in front of Terminal D is to be completed by the end of this year.
Visitors to Kyiv taking taxis from Boryspilthis summer are advised to avoid the Paton Bridge as one west-bound lane in the 65-year-old bridge will be closed for repairs until Aug. 30. The world’s first major all welded bridge, the 1.5 km Paton Bridge is in dire need of maintenance.