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OFFICIAL DISTRIBUTOR OF GERMAN BREEDING COMPANY EUROPLANT RESUMED IMPORT OF SEED POTATOES TO UKRAINE

Record Agro LLC (Kyiv), the official distributor of the German breeding company Europlant, has resumed deliveries of high reproduction potato seeds from Germany to Ukraine, which were forced to stop with the start of the Russian military invasion.
On Tuesday, the website of the profile Ukrainian Association of Potato Producers (UAPC) reported on the import of the first batch of 22 tons of seed potatoes of the Bellarosa, Sanibel, Jeli, Vineta varieties.
“Potato seeds are categorized by the government as critical imports. There are no problems with its supplies. There are no queues at the border and customs,” Yuriy Dyak, director of Record Agro, is quoted in the message.
At the same time, it is specified that Ukrainian farms with the status of elite farms – certified seed enterprises – became the customers of the delivered batch. They will lay seed plantations in Ukraine for the 2023 harvest.
“We will be able to meet the needs of all elite farms in a very short time,” Dyak confirmed.
According to Record-Agro, at the moment the company is the only official importer of potato seeds in Ukraine, while the work of other seed farms is hampered by the military invasion of the aggressor country of the Russian Federation. The importer specified that Ukrainian farms are now growing seed potatoes from high reproductions purchased from European breeding companies in 2021.
As reported, by April 8, Ukraine had sown 1.07 million hectares of land with the main agricultural crops, which is 7.9% of the 13.44 million hectares planned for the current season, including 0.47 million ha. At the same time, 43.2 thousand hectares were sown with potatoes on the indicated date.

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UKRAINE IMPOSES COMPLETE EMBARGO ON IMPORT OF GOODS FROM RUSSIA

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine supported a decision to impose a complete embargo on imports of goods from the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economy said on Sunday, citing First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko.
“Such a decisive step by Ukraine can serve as an example for our Western partners and will encourage them to increase sanctions against Russia. Including the energy embargo and the isolation of all Russian banks,” she is quoted as saying.
According to the Ministry of Economy, the embargo on Russian imports will block foreign exchange earnings in the Russian Federation by $6 billion annually.
As reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on April 6 instructed the government to formalize the termination of trade between Ukraine and Russia.
According to the State Customs Service of Ukraine, last year the trade turnover between the countries increased by 38.7%, to $10.09 billion from $7.28 billion.
In particular, imports increased by 45.9%, to $6.65 billion from $4.56 billion, while exports – by 26.5%, to $3.44 billion from $2.71 billion.
According to the State Statistics Service, imports from the Russian Federation to Ukraine increased last year by 33.9%, to $6.08 billion, while exports to the Russian Federation increased by 26.2%, to $3.41 billion.
The main import items from the Russian Federation last year were oil and oil products – $3.43 billion (an increase of 33.5%), engineering products – $418.3 million (21.7% up), plastics and polymeric materials – $351.6 million (61.7% up), ferrous metals – $301 million (64.7% up), products of inorganic chemistry – $161.6 million (83.6% up), aluminum and aluminum products– $137.6 million (54.5% up), rubber – $126.4 million (34.8% up), glass and glass products – $115 million (65.7% up), and various chemical products – $99.1 million (85.6% up).
This list also includes nickel and nickel products – $94.1 million (83.3% up), means of land transport (except railway) – $84.5 million (56.3% up), electric machines – $81.7 million (28.4% up), ferrous metal products – $73.5 million (58.3% up), organic chemical compounds – $70.2 million (19.5% up), cardboard and paper – $59.3 million (38.2% less), and essential oils – $53.4 million (9.2% up).
In the overall structure of Ukraine’s imports, Russia accounted for 8.4%, exports – 5%.

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EU INTRODUCES QUOTAS FOR IMPORT OF FERTILIZERS FROM RUSSIA

The European Union, as part of the next package of sanctions, has limited the import of fertilizers from Russia.
The restrictions do not apply to deliveries before July 10 under contracts concluded before April 9 this year, according to the Official Journal of the EU.
From July 10, the European Union introduces quotas on the import of a number of Russian fertilizers for a period of one year. The quota for the import of potassium chloride (code 3104 20) will be 837.57 thousand tons, complex and other fertilizers containing potassium (codes 3105 20, 3105 60 and 3105 90) – 1 million 577.807 thousand tons.
The size of quotas can be adjusted by the European Commission.
There are no restrictions on the import of other types of fertilizers.
Earlier on Friday, the European Commission announced that as part of a new package of sanctions against Russia, it would take “measures to counteract the supply of potassium chloride from Belarus” bypassing the sanctions.

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POLISH COMPANIES PLAN TO INVEST IN ELECTRICITY IMPORTS FROM UKRAINE

Orlen Synthos Green Energy, established by the Polish PKN Orlen and Synthos Green Energy, plans to implement an investment project that will allow importing electricity from Ukraine, according to a statement on the PKN Orlen website.
“Electricity that could be transferred to Poland will come from the Khmelnytsky NPP in Ukraine. Its import based on the modernized infrastructure will help meet the needs of the Polish industry and reduce Poland’s dependence on hydrocarbon-based energy sources,” the company informed.
At the same time, Orlen Synthos Green Energy is called upon to carry out the process of technical measures necessary for the implementation of this project.
“This is another project that Orlen Synthos Green Energy plans to invest in,” PKN Orlen emphasized.
In particular, the company will also be responsible for the preparation and commercialization of micro and small nuclear reactor (MMR and SMR) technologies in Poland.

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THE FIFTH PACKAGE OF EU SANCTIONS INCLUDES BAN ON IMPORT OF RUSSIAN COAL AND ON TRANSACTIONS WITH 4 BANKS

The President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, announced on Tuesday proposals for new sanctions of the EU’s fifth package against Russia.
“The ban on coal imports from Russia worth 4 billion euros per year, which cuts another important source of income for Russia. A complete ban on transactions with four key Russian banks, including VTB, the second largest Russian bank,” the report said. statement of the head of the EC, published on Twitter.

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MAIN TRADE PARTNERS OF UKRAINE IN % FROM TOTAL VOLUME (IMPORT FROM OTHER COUNTRIES TO UKRAINE) IN 2021

Main trade partners of Ukraine in % from total volume (import from other countries to Ukraine) in 2021

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