Exports of goods from Ukraine in January 2019 from January 2018 grew by 9.2%, to $4.066 billion, while imports increased by a mere 0.7%, to $4.045 billion, the State Statistics Service has reported. According to its data, as a result, the surplus of foreign trade in goods in January of this year amounted to $20.9 million against the deficit of $294.1 million in January 2018.
The State Statistics Service said that in January 2019 compared to December 2018 the seasonally adjusted export volume rose by 6.9%, to $4.373 billion, while imports by 3.8%, to $4.839 billion.
The seasonally adjusted foreign trade balance in January 2019 was negative and amounted to $465.9 million, which is better than in December 2018 ($571.5 million).
The service said that foreign trade operations were conducted with partners from 193 countries of the world.
Ukraine in 2018 expanded geography of export of goods and increased the number of companies, which were authorized to export food of animal origin, according to a report of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumers’ Protection. According to the report, in 2018, 85 new markets were opened for various types of products – these are the markets of Albania and Ghana (poultry and products made of it), Hong Kong (poultry and products made of it, eggs and egg products), Morocco (poultry and products made of it , egg products), Macedonia (dairy products, feed), UAE (live sheep and goats, young poultry, live poultry, hatching eggs), Tunisia (poultry meat), Montenegro (eggs and egg products), and other countries.
In addition, 306 Ukrainian enterprises, including 126 food producers (poultry, fish, honey, eggs, and dairy products) now are authorized to export its products to the countries of the European Union.
The deficit of Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods in January-November 2018 increased by 66.6% compared with January-November 2017 and amounted to $8.866 billion, the State Statistics Service has reported.
According to its data, in November the deficit amounted to $920 million, whereas in October it was $1.48 billion, in September $1.46 billion, in August $940 million, in July $1.41 billion, in June $600 million, in May $630 million, April $220 million, March $460 million, February $460 million, and in January $280 million.
In January-November 2018, exports of goods compared to the same period in 2017 rose by 9.9%, reaching $43.25 billion, imports by 16.7%, to $52.11 billion.
The State Statistics Service said that in November 2018 compared with the previous month the seasonally adjusted export volume grew by 4.7%, reaching $3.98 billion, while imports decreased by 1.1%, to $4.88 billion.
The rate of coverage of imports by exports for the 11 months of this year was 0.83 against 0.88 in January-November 2017.
The State Statistics Service said that foreign trade operations were conducted with partners from 220 countries of the world.
The goods turnover between Ukraine and the United States in January-August 2019 grew by 16% year-over-year, to $2.6 billion, First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv has said.
“Bilateral trade in the eight months of 2018 increased by 16% and amounted to almost $2.6 billion. Exports to the United States grew by almost 32% and imports by 11%,” Kubiv said, opening the first official U.S. trade mission in Kyiv on Monday.
He also said that over three and a half years in Ukraine 80 factories were built with the attraction of foreign investment or are under construction. The leader in investing in the construction of factories is Germany, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
“The outright leader in attracting investments is Lviv region, where 18 factories with the attraction of foreign investors have been built or their construction is ending since 2015. The second place in attracting investments in the number of projects is occupied by Vinnytsia and Ivano-Frankivsk regions – six factories each,” Kubiv said.
The U.S. trade mission in Ukraine consists of four sections – IT, agriculture, infrastructure, and energy. The United States represents three companies in each of these areas.
The transport enterprises of Ukraine in January-September 2018 reduced carriage of goods by 1.1% compared to January-September 2017, to 462.5 million tonnes.
According to the State Statistics Service, freight turnover for this period decreased by 2.6%, to 247.9 billion tonne-kilometers. According to statistical data, in January-September 2018 railways transported inside the country and for exports 199.1 million tonnes of cargo, which is 3.5% less than in January-September 2017.
Transportation of coal decreased by 4.4%, oil and petroleum products by 11.8%, grain and cereals by 14%, cement by 3.9%, construction materials by 8.8%, timber by 9.6%, coke by 2.8%, ferrous metals by 1.3%. At the same time, transportation of chemical and mineral fertilizers increased by 2.3%, iron and manganese ore by 3.5%, and scrap metal by 0.3%.
The volume of cargo pumping through pipelines in January-September 2018 compared with January-September 2017 fell by 4.4%, to 80.5 million tonnes.
Foreign trade operations were conducted with partners from 210 countries. The ratio of coverage of imports by exports in Ukraine was 0.9.
The deficit of Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods in January-May 2018 increased by 1.4 times compared with January-May 2017 and amounted to $2.055 billion, the State Statistics Service has said.
Russia is still on the first place among main export markets for Ukrainian goods (7,8% of all trade volume), 4 years ago a share of Russia was more than a quarter of all Ukrainian export..
The second goes Poland (7,0%), the third one is Turkey (6,2%).
Also in top-ten export destinations are Italy, India, China, Germany, Egypt, Hungary, the Netherlands. The USA is the 13-th export market of Ukraine, the UK and France are not presented even in top-20 of the main markets for Ukrainian goods.