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A Ukrainian agricultural supply company, USUBC member 95

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - SE Raelin, a Ukrainian agricultural supply company, founded and managed by Peter B. Chykaliuk of Scarborough, Maine (through Cajo, Inc., a USA company) has been approved for USUBC membership, according to the USUBC executive committee, in an announcement on behalf of the entire USUBC membership. SE Raelin/Cajo, Inc is USUBC member ninety-five.

Peter Chykaliuk, PhD, started working in Soviet Ukraine in 1989 and was one of the early pioneers in the private agricultural supply business.  Another early private sector pioneer was USUBC senior advisor Leonid Kozachenko who worked closely with Peter. 

Peter has experienced the ups and downs of doing business in Ukraine over the past 19 years.  He says he is still very optimistic about the future growth of agriculture and agribusiness in Ukraine and the ability of Ukraine to contribute much more to the world's supply of agricultural and food products.

Peter has Ukrainian heritage and says he is 100% Ukrainian. He told USUBC recently that his father unfortunately did not live long enough to see an independent Ukraine.  Peter attended the recent breakfast meeting USUBC held in Washington with Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko.

Initially Peter imported farm machinery produced in the USA and then distributed farm chemicals, and bartered a few years crude oil products for grain and tolled grain in the alcohol plants.

In 1990 Peter formed a JV called Ukratek with Lvivselhosmash to produce upgraded local sprayers and imports of USA built equipment such as Spra-coupes. Peter then focused on niche markets and organized a wholly owned subsidiary registered in Ukraine in 1994 called SE Raelin.

Currently SE Raelin in Ukraine has developed a 95% market share of grain sorghum seed sales, adjuvants[surfactants] blueberry plants [only registered plants in Ukraine], and kiwi. He continues to import and sell farm machinery [since 1989], vehicles [pickups], and has just registered the first western produced sterile soybean inoculant trademarked Nitrodar. 

Cajo, Inc., is a USA registered company, owned by the Chykaliuk family, with over 20 years experience in trade and production with Ukraine. Its interests include:  Agricultural Seed, Equipment and Parts Supply, Blueberry Production and Development, Automobile and Truck Exports, Fine Apparel Manufacture and Retail, Medical Equipment Sales, and Music Recording and Management.

Cajo, Inc., holds the registered trademarks with the Ukrainian Institute of Industrial Property for Chyk, Raelin, Defoamer, Silo 700D, Chudoviy BMP, Amanda Lee, Nitrodar, Prime, Swift, Sprint II, Sprint W, Dash E and others.

Additional information about SE Raelin and Cajo, Inc. can be found on the websites:  www.raelin.com/ua/en/company and on www.cajoinc.com.

"I first met Peter in the early 1990's in Ukraine and am pleased to have his company SE Raelin/Cajo, Inc. as a member of USUBC," said Morgan Williams, SigmaBleyzer, who serves as president of USUBC.  "USUBC has grown very rapidly during the past 19 months and now has a membership base which allows USUBC to provide its members such as SE Raelin with a full-time operation and a significantly expanded program of work," according to president Williams.

SE Raelin/Cajo, Inc. is the 45th new member for 2008, and the 75th new member since January of 2007. USUBC membership has quadrupled in the past 20 months, going from 22 members in January of 2007 to 95 members in October of 2008. Membership is expected to top 100 in 2008. 

The new USUBC members in 2008 include MaxWell USA, Baker and McKenzie law firm, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, Dipol Chemical International, MJA Asset Management, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, DLA Piper law firm, EPAM Systems, DHL International Ukraine, Air Tractor, Inc., Magisters law firm, Ernst & Young, Umbra LLC., US PolyTech LLC, Vision TV LLC, Crumpton Group, Standard Chartered Bank, TNK-BP Commerce LLC, Rakotis, American Councils for International Education, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, International Commerce Corporation, and IMTC-MEI.

Additional new USUBC members in 2008 are: Nationwide Equipment Company, First International Resources, the Doheny Global Group, Foyil Securities, KPMG, Asters law firm, Solid Team LLC, R & J Trading International, Vasil Kisil & Partners law firm, AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines, Anemone Green Capital Limited, ContourGlobal, Winner Imports LLC (Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Porsche), 3M, Edelman, CEC Government Relations RZB Finance LLC (Raiffeisen), IBM Ukraine, SoftServe Inc., The Washington Group (TWG) and SE Raelin/Cajo, Inc.