How to export to the European Union
On January 14, the two-day seminar jointly organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Armenia, “Eventcenter” and the EU’s Black Sea Basin Programme Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) was thematically related to export issues to the European Union.
In his opening remarks, Vladimir Amiryan, Operational Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of RA, mentioned that it is preferable to hold the seminar not in the form of long lectures, but in terms of specific questions, discussions and active debates, due to which it turned out to be extremely effective.
As large businesses have greater export opportunities, the participants were mainly small and medium-sized businesses who were interested in many legislative changes, production and export details.
The moderators of the seminar, Ruben Sarukhanyan and Hermine Poghosyan, mentioned that mutual recognition, especially in small business, contributes to the formation of internal cooperation, enrichment of information, and joint organization of exports. And with that in mind, the participants presented their business, export experience, difficulties, which can be solved to some extent, especially the combination of capabilities and opportunities in export, the creation of joint brands. The exported product must be brought to the high standards of the European Union, properly presented in the foreign market, as the market is constantly evolving and the demand is changing. It was proposed to create a union of dryers at the state level to export under one brand, as it is not possible to provide large volumes of exports for small businesses. The businessmen expressed the general concern of the cooperation in a figurative way: the businesses of the same sphere are not competitors, but partners in order to be fully present in the foreign market.
The speakers mentioned that the GSP + preferential regime for exporting to EU countries has not been operating since January, due to which Armenian businessmen received customs privileges. It naturally adds new worries, especially for small businesses, and proposes new conditions.
For two days in a row, all the details related to exports were discussed, the difficulties, the opportunities and options for overcoming them, the legislative changes, which are especially needed by start-up entrepreneurs.
They also discussed the possibilities and ways of overcoming the challenges related to the epidemic, food security, correct use of the Internet, getting business information, principles of quality management standards, organization of industry brands, quality certification, marketing, management, and other issues, which are the continuous and complementary links of the same chain.
The participants mentioned with satisfaction that such a measure of holding seminars is exemplary especially for small businesses and beginners.