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Ukrainian mining companies increased iron ore exports by 2.1 times

In January-April this year, Ukrainian mining companies increased exports of iron ore in physical terms by 2.1 times compared to the same period last year, to 11 million 28,545 thousand tons.

According to statistics released by the State Customs Service (SCS) on Friday, foreign exchange earnings from iron ore exports increased 4.1 times to $2 billion 409.852 million over the period under review.

At the same time, 9 million 4.370 thousand tons of iron ore worth $863.315 million were exported in 3 months of 2014.

Iron ore was exported mainly to China (43.03% of supplies in monetary terms), Slovakia (16.29%) and Poland (13.67%).

In January-April 2024, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $72 thousand in a total volume of 252 tons, while in January-April 2023, it imported $41 thousand in a total volume of 67 tons. Imports were carried out from the Netherlands (29.17%), Italy (25%) and Norway (18.06%).

As reported, in 2023, Ukraine decreased the export of iron ore in physical terms by 26% compared to 2022 – to 17 million 753.165 thousand tons, foreign exchange earnings from iron ore exports amounted to $1 billion 766.906 million (down 39.3%). Iron ore was exported mainly to Slovakia (28.39% of supplies in monetary terms), the Czech Republic (19.74%) and Poland (19.56%).

Last year, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $135 thousand in the total amount of 250 tons. During this period, imports were made from Norway (34.81%), Italy (28.89%) and the Netherlands (28.89%). While in 2022, iron ore was imported for $65 thousand in a total volume of 101 tons.

In 2022, Ukraine decreased exports of iron ore in physical terms by 45.9% compared to 2021 – to 23 million 984.623 thousand tons, while foreign exchange earnings decreased by 57.8% to $2 billion 912.974 million. Iron ore was exported mainly to Slovakia (19.23% of supplies in monetary terms), the Czech Republic (17.32%) and Poland (16.49%).

In 2022, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $65 thousand in a total volume of 101 tons, while in 2021 – $184 thousand in a volume of 1,202 thousand tons. Imports were carried out from Norway (36.92%), the Netherlands (27.69%) and the UK (16.92%).

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Ukraine increased iron ore exports in tons by 2.5 times

Mining enterprises of Ukraine in January-March this year increased exports of iron ore raw materials (iron ore) in physical terms by 2.5 times compared to the same period last year – up to 9 million 4,370 thousand tons.
According to statistics released by the State Customs Service (SCS), foreign currency earnings from iron ore exports increased by 2.1 times to $863.315 million for the period.
Exports of iron ore were mainly to China (43.02% of shipments in monetary terms), Slovakia (17.02%) and Poland (12.41%).
In the first three months of 2024 Ukraine imported $67 thousand worth of iron ore in the total volume of 245 tons, while in January-March 2023 it imported $22 thousand worth of iron ore in the total volume of 36 tons. Imports were made from the Netherlands (31.82%), Norway (19.70%) and Italy (18.18%).
As reported, Ukraine in 2023 reduced exports of iron ore in physical terms by 26% compared to 2022 – to 17 million 753.165 thousand tons, foreign currency earnings from iron ore exports amounted to $1 billion 766.906 million (down 39.3%). Exports of iron ore were mainly exported to Slovakia (28.39% of shipments in monetary terms), the Czech Republic (19.74%) and Poland (19.56%).
Last year Ukraine imported iron ore products worth $135 thousand in the total volume of 250 tons. Imports for this period were made from Norway (34.81%), Italy (28.89%) and the Netherlands (28.89%). Whereas in 2022, $65 thousand worth of iron ore was imported in a total volume of 101 tons.
Ukraine in 2022 decreased its iron ore exports in physical terms by 45.9% compared to 2021 – to 23 million 984.623 thousand tons, while foreign currency earnings decreased by 57.8% – to $2 billion 912.974 million. The iron ore exports were mainly to Slovakia (19.23% of shipments in monetary terms), Czech Republic (17.32%) and Poland (16.49%).
In 2022, Ukraine imported iron ore products worth $65 thousand in the total volume of 101 tons, while in 2021 – $184 thousand in the volume of 1,202 tons. Imports were made from Norway (36.92%), the Netherlands (27.69%) and the UK (16.92%).

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Ukraine increased iron ore exports by 2.6 times and revenue by 2.3 times

In January-February of this year, Ukrainian mining companies increased exports of iron ore in physical terms by 2.64 times compared to the same period last year, to 5 million 664.230 thousand tons.

According to the statistics released by the State Customs Service on Wednesday, foreign exchange earnings from iron ore exports increased 2.34 times to $552.818 million over the period under review.

Iron ore was exported mainly to China (40.32% of supplies in monetary terms), Slovakia (17.22%) and Poland (11.50%).

In the first two months of 2024, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $29 thousand in a total volume of 102 tons, while in January-February 2023, it imported iron ore worth $17 thousand in a volume of 28 thousand tons. Imports in January-February 2024 were carried out from Norway (44.83%), Slovakia (27.59%) and Italy (27.59%).

As reported, in 2023, Ukraine decreased exports of iron ore in physical terms by 26% compared to 2022 – to 17 million 753.165 thousand tons, foreign exchange earnings from iron ore exports amounted to $1 billion 766.906 million (down 39.3%). Iron ore was exported mainly to Slovakia (28.39% of supplies in monetary terms), the Czech Republic (19.74%) and Poland (19.56%).

Last year, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $135 thousand in the total amount of 250 tons. During this period, imports were made from Norway (34.81%), Italy (28.89%) and the Netherlands (28.89%). While in 2022, iron ore was imported for $65 thousand in a total volume of 101 tons.

In 2022, Ukraine decreased exports of iron ore in physical terms by 45.9% compared to 2021 – to 23 million 984.623 thousand tons, while foreign exchange earnings decreased by 57.8% to $2 billion 912.974 million. Iron ore was exported mainly to Slovakia (19.23% of supplies in monetary terms), the Czech Republic (17.32%) and Poland (16.49%).

In 2022, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $65 thousand in a total volume of 101 tons, while in 2021 – $184 thousand in a volume of 1,202 thousand tons. Imports were carried out from Norway (36.92%), the Netherlands (27.69%) and the UK (16.92%).

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“Metinvest presented its annual report on its operations

According to Metinvest Group’s annual report, in 2023 Metinvest’s revenue decreased by 11% to $7.397 bln by 2022, mainly due to lower steel, iron ore and coking coal selling prices, which were in line with global rates. Also, sales volumes of pig iron, slabs, flat and tubular products were affected by the war from the suspension of production at Mariupol steel mills. At the same time, Metinvest increased shipments of other products in its portfolio (primarily billets by 6%, long products by 28%, pellets by 70% and coking coal concentrate by 32%), as well as steel and coke resales on the back of higher production at Zaporizhstal.

A significant factor supporting iron ore sales in H2 2023 was the opening of the Black Sea corridor for sales to distant markets.

Also, Metinvest’s revenue in Ukraine grew by 14% to $2.628 bln mainly due to a recovery in demand for iron ore and coking coal, as well as for flat and long products.

In turn, the group has had to make profound changes to its business operations as it continues to strive for adaptability and resilience.

“We have adjusted our supply chain and are strengthening relationships with our suppliers and customers to withstand the current conditions. At the beginning of 2023, the company experienced significant challenges, particularly due to power outages. However, by implementing the necessary changes to respond to this crisis, we were able to achieve a gradual recovery of production,” states the CEO.

He emphasized that the resumption of Ukrainian commercial shipping in the Black Sea later in 2023 was an important moment for Metinvest, allowing to increase capacity utilization. “We are cautiously optimistic about this undoubtedly positive development, while recognizing the ongoing military threats,” the top manager added.

According to him, these developments have directly impacted the group’s financial performance, improving the situation and allowing us to focus on operational efficiency, flexibility and strategic planning for future growth.

“Metinvest remains committed to servicing its debt obligations, having repaid the remaining principal amount of the group’s 2023 bonds redeemed last year on time and in full, while maintaining its deleveraging approach, Ryzhenkov said.

“Although Metinvest has focused its investments in 2023 mainly on maintaining its assets, I firmly believe that we must start preparing for the future. Our ambitions have not diminished; we have laid the foundation for Steel Dream, our visionary vision for rebuilding Ukraine. Despite the war, our commitment to a green transformation strategy also remains unchanged. This vision embodies our determination not only to dream, but also to plan a pilot project on low-carbon steel technology in Italy,” summarized the CEO.

“Metinvest consists of mining and metallurgical enterprises located in Ukraine, Europe and the United States. Its major shareholders are SCM Group (71.24%) and Smart Holding (23.76%), jointly managing it.

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Sukha Balka Mine launches two longwalls for iron ore production

Sukha Balka mine (Kryvyi Rih, Dnipro region), part of Aleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH group, commissioned two longwalls for iron ore production in February.

According to a report in DCH Steel’s corporate newspaper on Thursday, miners at Yubileynaya Mine commissioned two new blocks that will ensure the company’s operation in the near future.

According to the approved plans for 2024, the commissioning of new facilities at Yubileynaya mine in February, two blocks were put into operation – 36-42, 3rd floor of the Gnezdo deposit and block 1-4 of the Main deposit at the 1420m horizon.

The total reserves of the two blocks amount to 332 thousand tons of ore.

Blocks 36-42 have already started producing crude ore, and mining in blocks 1-4, which contain about 220 thousand tons of ore, will begin next week.

The commissioning of the two blocks will ensure stable ore production at Yubileynaya mine for six months.

DMZ specializes in the production of steel, pig iron, rolled products and products made from them. On March 1, 2018, DCH Group signed an agreement to buy Dnipro Metallurgical Plant from Evraz.

Sukha Balka mine is one of the leading mining companies in Ukraine. It produces iron ore using an underground method. The mine includes Yubileynaya and Frunze mines. Frunze mine.

DCH Group acquired the mine from Evraz Group in May 2017.

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Ukraine increased exports of iron ore by 3.4 times

In January this year, Ukrainian mining companies increased exports of iron ore in physical terms by 3.36 times compared to the same period last year, up to 3 million 115.839 thousand tons from 927.433 thousand tons.

According to the statistics released by the State Customs Service on Friday, during the period under review, foreign exchange earnings from the export of iron ore increased by 2.7 times to $295.989 million from 110.857 million.

Exports of iron ore were carried out mainly to China (48.05% of supplies in monetary terms), Slovakia (13.65%) and Poland (10.48%).

Last month, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $7 thousand in a total volume of 9 tons, while in January-2023 it imported iron ore worth $1 thousand in a volume of 1 thousand tons. Imports in January-2024 came from Italy (100%).

As reported, in 2023, Ukraine decreased exports of iron ore in physical terms by 26% compared to 2022 – to 17 million 753.165 thousand tons, foreign exchange earnings from iron ore exports amounted to $1 billion 766.906 million (down 39.3%). Iron ore was exported mainly to Slovakia (28.39% of supplies in monetary terms), the Czech Republic (19.74%) and Poland (19.56%).

Last year, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $135 thousand in the total amount of 250 tons. During this period, imports were made from Norway (34.81%), Italy (28.89%) and the Netherlands (28.89%). While in 2022, iron ore was imported for $65 thousand in a total volume of 101 tons.

In 2022, Ukraine decreased exports of iron ore in physical terms by 45.9% compared to 2021 – to 23 million 984.623 thousand tons, while foreign exchange earnings decreased by 57.8% to $2 billion 912.974 million. Iron ore was exported mainly to Slovakia (19.23% of supplies in monetary terms), the Czech Republic (17.32%) and Poland (16.49%).

In 2022, Ukraine imported iron ore worth $65 thousand in a total volume of 101 tons, while in 2021 – $184 thousand in a volume of 1,202 thousand tons. Imports were carried out from Norway (36.92%), the Netherlands (27.69%) and the UK (16.92%).

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