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UKRAINE INCREASES CHEESE IMPORTS BY 30%, SPENDS $32 MLN IN JAN-JULY

Ukraine exported 4,560 tonnes of cheese in January-July 2018, which is 6.1% less than in the same period in 2017. According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service, in monetary terms exports amounted to $17 million – at the level of the seven months in 2017. At the same time, cheese imports in January-July 2018 amounted to 6,640 tonnes, which is 29.8% more than in the same period in 2017. In terms of money, this indicator increased by 43.6%, to $32.68 million.
Exports of butter from Ukraine in January-July this year rose by 32.2%, to 19,230 tonnes. In monetary terms, this figure grew by 1.5 times and amounted to $82.84 million. According to the State Fiscal Service, imports of this product increased by 2.7 times, to 637 tonnes ($4.26 million).
Exports of milk and cream (condensed) in January-July decreased by 20.8%, to 22,360 tonnes. Ukraine supplied condensed milk and cream for a total of $36.83 million against $48.78 million in January-July 2017. Imports of this group of goods increased by 1.7 times, to 1,230 tonnes ($3 million).

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FIVE STATES CONTROL OVER 50% OF ALL IMPORTS TO UKRAINE IN JAN-MAY, 2018

5 countries control over half of all goods imports to Ukraine. Foreign trade operations were conducted with partners from 210 countries, but Russia, China, Germany, Poland, Belarus are in top-5 among other exporters of goods to Ukraine.
According to the statistical data, Russia is the first exporter of its good to Ukraine with 14,8% of all trade volume, the second is China (12,1%). The USA is the 6-th exporter to Ukraine, the UK is on the 13-th place.
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. According to its data, in May the deficit was $632 million, while in April some $221.6 million, in March $460 million, in February $457 million, and in January $284.1 million. In January-May 2018 exports of goods compared to January-May 2017 increased by 12.9%, amounting to $19.460 billion, imports by 15.3%, to $21.515 billion.
In May 2018 compared to the previous month, the seasonally adjusted export volumes decreased by 5.8%, imports by 13.4%. The seasonally adjusted foreign trade balance in May 2018 was negative and amounted to $946.5 million, negative indicators were also fixed in April 2018 at $570.8 million, in March at $508.2 million, in February at $411.8 million, and January at $580.5 million.
The ratio of coverage of imports by exports was 0.9.
Foreign trade operations were conducted with partners from 210 countries, a share of top-20 importers to Ukraine is more than 75% of a total volume.

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DTEK ENERGY HOLDING INCREASES COAL IMPORTS BY 2.3 TIMES – LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE

DTEK Energy Holding of Rinat Akhmetov increased coal imports by 2.3 times, to 1.492 million tonnes in January-June 2018 compared to the same period last year, the company said on the website of the London Stock Exchange.
At the same time, DTEK’s coal production in the reporting period fell by 12.9%, to 12.889 million tonnes. In particular, extraction of gas coal in Ukraine decreased by 1.2%, to 11.426 million tonnes, while anthracite and steam coal were not produced in Ukraine. At the same time, DTEK in January-June 2018 increased production of anthracite in Russia by 7.6%, to 1.463 million tonnes.
DTEK’s coal exports in the reporting period fell by 54.8%, to 206,000 tonnes.
Production of coal concentrate by DTEK in January-June 2018 fell by 22.8%, to 5.806 million tonnes. In particular, concentrate production in Ukraine fell by 44.6%, to 486,500 tonnes, and in Russia by 6%, to 907,900 tonnes.

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IN JAN-MAY UKRAINE IMPORTS GAS WORTH $906 MLN

Ukraine in January-May 2018 imported 3.269 billion cubic meters of natural gas for a total of $906.701 million, in particular in May 1.114 billion cubic meters worth $293.571 million, according to the State Statistics Service. Thus, the average price of gas imported by the country in May 2018 was $263.5 per 1,000 cubic meters against $310.8 in April, $278.7 in March, $261.1 in February and $279.4 in January.
The main counterparties for the five months were companies from Switzerland with 1.377 billion cubic meters of gas for $380.827 million, Germany with 937.534 million cubic meters for $261.087 million, Poland with 285.745 million cubic meters for $84.545 million and the UK with 245.215 million cubic meters for $65.281 million.
Gas was not imported from the Russian Federation in January-May-2018.

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UKRAINE INCREASES CHEESE IMPORT AND CUTS CHEESE EXPORT IN H1

Ukraine exported 3,870 tonnes of cheese in January-June 2018, which was 6.1% less than in the same period in 2017.
According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service (GFS), cheese exports in monetary terms increased by 1.1%, to $14.51 million.
Cheese imports in January-June 2018 totaled 5,460 tonnes, which is 26.3% higher than the same period in 2017. Cheese imports in monetary terms increased by 42.1%, to $ 27.17 million.
Exports of creamery butter from Ukraine in January-June 2018 increased by 40.3%, to 17,210 tonnes. This indicator in monetary terms increased by1.7 times, to $73.99 million. Butter imports grew by 2.2 times, to 516 tonnes ($ 3.4 million).
Exports of condensed milk and cream in January-June 2018 decreased by 25.4%, to 17,400 tonnes. Ukraine shipped condensed milk and cream worth $28.93 million abroad, this is compared to $40.41 million in January-June 2017. Imports of this group of products increased by 1.6 times to 1,000 tonnes ($2.47 million).
As reported with reference to customs statistics, Ukraine in 2017 exported 9,050 tonnes of cheese, which is 12% more than in 2016. Imports of cheese into the country rose by 42%, to 10,000 tonnes.

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