The deficit of Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods in January-May 2019 increased by 27.4% compared with January-May 2018, to $2.634 billion, the State Statistics Service has reported. According to its data, export of goods from Ukraine for the specified period grew by 7.4%, to $20.895 billion, while imports by 9.3%, to $23.529 billion.
The service said that in May 2019 the seasonally adjusted export volume increased by 5.4% compared to April 2019, to $4.368 billion, while imports by 4.3%, to $5.257 billion.
The seasonally adjusted foreign trade balance in May was also negative and amounted to $890 million, which is 1.1% more than in the previous month.
The service said that foreign trade operations were carried out with partners from 211 countries of the world.
The ratio of coverage of imports by exports amounted to 0.89.
Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods (imports), jan–apr, 2019
Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods (exports), jan–apr, 2019
The State Fiscal Service (SFS) has announced that authorized exporter status has been granted to 239 enterprises that supply goods to the European Union. “In Ukraine, 239 enterprises that export goods to the EU countries received authorized exporter status as of July 2, 2019,” the agency said on Facebook.
As explained by the SFS, these companies can process goods at customs, using a simplified procedure, that is, without issuing a EUR.1 certificate, they can independently declare the preferential origin of goods in commercial documents.
In addition, the SFS noted that a Finance Ministry order amending the procedure for granting and cancelling such status by the customs came into force on June 21 this year.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has expanded a list of goods from the Russian Federation on which embargo is imposed from July 1, 2019, including raw materials for cement (clinkers) and all kinds of ready cement, mineral (nitrogenous, potassium, phosphorous) fertilizers, foodstuff for animals and veterinary medicines.
The document adopted on May 15, 2019, which was posted on the government’s website, also includes matches, plywood products, wallpaper, light industry products, in particular some types of knitwear and footwear, carbon steel wires, metal wires, pipes, tubes, metal nets, fasteners, steel utensils, equipment for the production of bakery products, and vehicles (cars, motorcycles, tractors, etc.).
In addition, ban on import of used railway cars and trams will be imposed from March 1, 2020.
Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods (import), jan–march, 2019