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UKRAINE RAISES CHEESE IMPORT BY 30% AND CUTS EXPORT BY 4%

Ukraine exported 5,390 tonnes of cheese in January-August 2018, which is 4.1% less than in the same period in 2017. According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service, in monetary terms exports amounted to $20.04 million, and this is 2.6% more than a year ago.
At the same time, cheese imports in January-August 2018 amounted to 7,810 tonnes, which is 30% more than in the same period in 2017. In terms of money, this indicator increased by 41.2%, to $38.31 million.
Exports of butter from Ukraine in January-August this year rose by 19.2%, to 21,410 tonnes. In monetary terms, this figure grew by 32.2% and amounted to $92.43 million. According to the State Fiscal Service, imports of this product increased 2.4 times, to 710 tonnes ($4.84 million).
Exports of milk and cream (condensed) in January-August decreased 19.8%, to 26,640 tonnes. Ukraine supplied condensed milk and cream for a total of $43.77 million against $57.07 million in January-August 2017. Imports of this group of goods increased by 1.7 times, to 1,430 tonnes ($3.51 million).

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NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR COMMUNICATIONS PERMITS TO FREELY IMPORT PCS, GADGETS MEETING UKRAINIAN TECHNICAL REGULATIONS

The National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation (NCCR) has permitted free imports and turnover of 15 types of radio electronic equipment, including PCs, audio systems, mobile phones, personal electric transport and other things if they meet the requirements of the technical regulation for radio electronic equipment approved on May 24, 2017. “This decision minimizes the burden on producers thanks to a clear definition of the types of radio electronic equipment that does not need to be registered and that is considered to have a high level of compliance with the essential requirements of the radio electronic equipment technical regulations. However, this does not exempt producers, importers and other economic entities in the radio equipment supply chain in Ukraine from performing their responsibilities to provide high-quality products,” the commission said on its website.
The list of goods allowed for import into Ukraine and not requiring entering the Register of radio electronic equipment and radiating equipment includes: e-books, laptops, tablets, interactive whiteboards and accessories, desktop computers, servers; smartphones, GPS-navigators, wristwatches, smart watches, wrist GPS trackers, fitness bracelets, wireless headphones, loudspeakers, stereo headphones, active speakers, multimedia speakers, voice recorders, audio systems, home theaters, music centers, mini and micro-audio systems, car audio systems, radio receivers, home theaters with a wireless adapter, a radio module, self-balance scooters, self-balancing personal transporters, a self-balancing unicycle with a wireless adapter, radio module, and other devices.
The use of these devices in the public radio frequency bands and free flow on the territory of Ukraine is carried out in the presence of a declaration of compliance with the requirements of the radio electronic equipment technical regulations approved by Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine resolution No. 355 dated May 24, 2017.
The NCCR, at the request of Ukraine’s State Center for Radio Frequencies (UCRF), also entered information on outdoor base stations, wireless access points, Internet gateways and other similar equipment that is used for the installation of outdoor radio and radio equipment used for organization of the provision of telecommunication services with a working frequency range of 2400-2483.5 MHz and an output power of the transmitter of more than 101 mW (20.04 dBm) into the list of radio-electronic equipment prohibited for use and importation into Ukraine.

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UKRAINE POSTS 1.5% RISE IN IMPORTS OF MANGANESE ORE IN SEVEN MONTHS OF 2018

Ukraine in January-July 2018 increased imports of manganese ore and concentrate in natural terms by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2017, to 580,980 tonnes.
According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, during this period imports of manganese ore and concentrate in monetary terms increased by 32%, to $113.953 million.
Main imports were from Ghana (51.97% of deliveries in monetary terms), the Republic of South Africa (22.82%), and Russia (15.71%).
In January-July 2018 Ukraine reduced exports and re-exports of manganese ore and concentrate in natural terms by 29%, to 29,491 tonnes, in monetary terms by 2.4%, to $2.144 million. Exports and re-exports were made to Hungary (44.47% of supplies), the Russian Federation (18.71%), and the Czech Republic (17.64%).
As reported, Ukraine in 2017 increased imports of manganese ore and concentrate in natural terms by 36.1% compared to 2016, to 1.303 million tonnes, in monetary terms by 69.3%, to $223.434 million. Major imports were carried out from Ghana (41.28% of deliveries in monetary terms), the Republic of South Africa (22.73%), and Russia (19.23%).

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UKRAINE RAISES IMPORTS OF ALUMINUM ORE BY 6.3% IN JAN-JULY 2018

Ukraine in January-July of this year increased imports of aluminum ore and concentrate (bauxites) in natural terms by 6.3% compared to the same period in 2017, to 2.772 million tonnes.
According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service, during this period bauxite imports in monetary terms decreased by 1.3%, to $109.994 million.
At the same time, imports were mainly from Guinea (57.99% of deliveries in monetary terms), Guyana (35.86%), and Brazil (5.48%).
In January-July 2018 some 45 tonnes of bauxite were re-exported to Poland for $5,000, whereas in January-July 2017 some 22 tonnes of bauxite were re-exported to Poland for $1,000 and 140 tonnes worth $9,000 to Russia.
As reported, Ukraine in 2017 raised imports of bauxite in natural terms by 21.8% compared to 2016, to 4.864 million tonnes, in monetary terms by 36.9%, to $212.370 million. Imports were carried out mainly from Guinea (45.92% of supplies in monetary terms), Guyana (28.72%), and Brazil (14.86%).
As a whole, in 2017 some 162 tonnes worth $10,000 were exported, whereas in 2016 re-exports were not carried out.

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UKRAINE INCREASES IMPORTS OF NICKEL ORE BY 13.4% IN SEVEN MONTHS OF 2018

Ukraine in January-July 2018 increased imports of nickel ore and concentrate in natural terms by 13.4% compared to the same period in 2017, to 891,674 tonnes.
According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service, in monetary terms nickel ore imports rose by 13.5%, to $43.584 million.
At the same time, imports were made from Guatemala (71.01% of deliveries in monetary terms), and Indonesia (28.99%).
For the seven months of the year, Ukraine did not export and re-export these products, as well as in January-July 2017.
As reported, Ukraine in 2017 reduced imports of nickel ore and concentrate in natural terms by 4.2% compared to 2016, to 1.314 million tonnes, in monetary terms by 8.3%, to $64.172 million. At the same time, all imports were from Guatemala (100% of supplies).
Pobuzke Ferronickel Combine (part of Solway Group) imports nickel ore to Ukraine.
The plant processes about 1.2 million tonnes of ore a year.

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IN JAN-JUNE UKRAINE IMPORTS NATURAL GAS WORTH $1.15 BLN

Ukraine imported 4.179 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas in January-June 2018 to the tune of $1.150 billion, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine has said. In June alone, Ukraine imported 909.638 million cubic meters (mcm) to the tune of $243.205 million.
Thus, the average price of gas imported by the country in June 2018 was $267.4 per 1,000 cubic meters against $263.5 in May, $310.8 in April, $278.7 in March, $261.1 in February and $279.4 in January.
Counterparts in the six months were companies from Switzerland, which supplied 1.719 bcm worth $473.753 million, Germany (1.355 billion cubic meters, $368.69 million), Poland (333.983 mcm, $98.985 million), the United Kingdom (310.497 mcm, $83.879 million), the Czech Republic (134.362 mcm, $36.236 million), Hungary (117.564 mcm, $31.243 million), Slovakia (88.978 mcm, $23.759 million), Luxembourg (57.82 mcm, $16.155 million), the Netherlands (24.425 mcm, $6.506 million), Austria (21.281 mcm, $6.364 million), and Italy (16.284 mcm, $4.337 million).
Natural gas was not imported from the Russian Federation in January-June 2018.

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