Ukraine exported furniture worth $578.85 million in January-August 2021, which is 62.5% more than the same period last year, head of the cluster platform of the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers Oksana Donska told Interfax-Ukraine.
“The large share of Ukrainian furniture exports falls on the EU countries [87.9% of the total], while the CIS countries account for 7.9%, Asia – 2.1%, and America – 1%,” Donska said.
According to the expert, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Austria and Belgium are among the top five exporting countries of Ukrainian furniture and their parts.
“Exports to Romania have grown significantly this year – by 85.8%, from $9.1 million to $16.9 million, to the UK – by 140%, from $4.7 million to $11.4 million, and to France – by 84.9%, from $7.8 million to $14.4 million,” Donska said.
According to the data of the State Customs Service, to which the expert refers, the leaders in the commodity structure of exports are: 23.7% – wooden furniture (9403 60), and 23% – parts of furniture for seating (9401 90). Convertible sofas and armchairs (9401 40) gave 10.4% of exports, furniture parts (9403 90) – 10.2%, wooden bedroom furniture (9403 50) – 7.2%, and upholstered furniture that cannot be converted into beds (9401 61) – 6.9%.
The largest export volumes go through Lviv customs – 45.5%. In second place is Volyn customs (8.3%), followed by Kyiv and Rivne customs (7.9% and 6.8%, respectively).
Currently, most of the export is carried out by land transport (95.6%). At the same time, Donska noted that the development of business relations with the countries of the Middle East and America, which the Furniture of Ukraine Business Expo team is actively working on, will influence an increase in the number of orders for delivery by sea.
The Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers was established in 2001 and brings together entrepreneurs and enterprises operating in the furniture market.