Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE EXPORTS NITROGEN FERTILIZERS FOR $64 MLN, IMPORTS FOR $288 MLN IN 2018

Ukraine in 2018 exported 341,442 tonnes of nitrogen mineral or chemical fertilizers (according to foreign economic activity code 3102) for $64.446 million and imported 1.358 million tonnes for $288.002 million.
According to the State Fiscal Service, nitrogen fertilizers were delivered to Turkey for $25.092 million, China for $10.3 million, to Romania for $7.584 million, and other countries for $21.47 million.
Last year, imports of nitrogen fertilizers were made from Belarus for $59.684 million, Uzbekistan for $46.235 million, Lithuania for $33.713 million, and other countries for $148.371 million.
Thus, exports of fertilizers last year halved, and in value terms fell by almost two times. Imports of fertilizers decreased by 22.1%, in value terms by 14.6%.
In addition, in 2018 Ukraine exported 40,209 tonnes of ammonia (code 2814) for $9.498 million, imported 441,607 tonnes for $137.333 million.
In 2018, ammonia was exported to Turkey ($4.54 million), Morocco ($2.414 million), Bulgaria ($1.921 million), other countries ($623,000). In 2018, ammonia was imported from the Russian Federation ($134.563 million), Belarus ($2.754 million), Germany ($14,000), and other countries ($2,000).

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UKRAINE INCREASES IMPORTS OF CITRUS FRUITS BY 27%, BANANAS BY 5% IN 2018

Ukraine in 2018 increased imports of citrus fruits by 27% compared with 2017, to 337,860 tonnes.
According to customs statistics promulgated by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, in monetary terms imports of citrus fruits increased by 26%, to $216.3 million.
At the same time, imports were mainly carried out from Turkey (56% in monetary terms), Egypt (14.5%), and Italy (5.7%, in 2017 Spain ranked third).
In addition, in 2018 Ukraine imported 250,900 tonnes of bananas, which is 5% more than in 2017. In monetary terms, imports grew by almost 3%, to $144.3 million.
The largest importers of bananas to Ukraine were Ecuador (47.8% of deliveries in monetary terms), Costa Rica (33%), and Colombia (6.64%).
Exports of citrus fruits from Ukraine in 2018 amounted to 411 tonnes, bananas some 28 tonnes.

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UKRAINE IN 2018 IMPORTS 290,000 TONNES OF FROZEN FISH WORTH $351 MLN

Ukraine in 2018 imported 290,600 tonnes of frozen fish, which was 14.9% more than a year earlier, the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine has said. The imports in monetary terms increased by 18.7% from 2017, to $351.59 million.
In 2018, Ukraine increased exports of frozen fish by 2.3%, 670 tonnes, the exports were estimated at $ 1.52 million (an increase by 41.4%).
In addition, the State Fiscal Service reported imports of fresh or chilled fish to Ukraine in 2018 totaled 15,410 tonnes, which was 24.6% up on 2017. The imports in monetary terms grew by 23.7%, to $107.35 million.

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UKRAINE BOOSTS CHEESE IMPORTS BY 37%, CUTS CHEESE EXPORTS BY 8% IN 2018

Ukraine imported 13,720 tonnes of cheese and exported 8,340 tonnes in 2018.
According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service, cheese imports in kind grew by 37.1%, to 13,720 tonnes and in monetary terms increased by 41.8%, to $66.81 million.
Cheese exports in kind in 2018 decreased by 7.8% compared with 2017. Cheese exports in monetary terms fell by 5.3%, to $30.8 million.
Ukraine exported most of cheeses to Kazakhstan – 42.8%, Moldova – 28% and Egypt – 11.3%. The country imported these products mainly from Poland – 31%, Germany – 23.7% and France – 15.6%.
In addition, the fiscal service reported that the export of butter from Ukraine over the past year remained at the level of 2017 and amounted to 30,380 tonnes, in monetary terms – $128.6 million.
Ukraine supplied 21.1% of the produced butter in Morocco, 11% – the Netherlands, and 10.6% – Turkey.
In 2018, imports of butter to Ukraine amounted to 1,100 tonnes for $7.47 million, while in 2017 – 750 tonnes for $4.47 million.
Exports of condensed milk and cream last year fell by 24.1%, to 35,550 tonnes. Ukraine supplied condensed milk and cream for $59.19 million, which is 26.5% less than in 2017.
Imports of this group of goods in 2018 increased by 38.6%, to 2,360 tonnes ($5.71 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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UKRAINE INCREASES IMPORTS OF NICKEL ORE BY 10%

Ukraine in 2018 increased imports of nickel ore and concentrate in natural terms by 10% compared to the same period in 2017, to 1.445 million tonnes.
According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service, in monetary terms nickel ore imports rose by 8%, to $69.325 million.
At the same time, imports were made from Guatemala (67.88% of deliveries in monetary terms), and Indonesia (32.12%).
In 2018, Ukraine did not export and re-export these products, as well as in 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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UKRAINE INCREASES COAL IMPORTS IN 2018 TO $3 BLN

Ukraine in 2018 increased imports of coal and anthracite by 8.1% (by 1.610 million tonnes) compared to 2017, to 21.388 million tonnes. According to the State Fiscal Service, coal was imported for $3.035 billion, which is 10.6% more than in 2017.
At the same time, coal imports from the Russian Federation amounted to $1.822 billion (its share in imports was 60.02%), the United States to $907.173 million (29.89%), Canada to $162.546 million (5.36%), other countries to $143.937 million (4.74%). In addition, Ukraine last year exported 63,798 tonnes of coal and anthracite for $8.649 million, in particular to the Russian Federation for $4.597 million, Slovakia for $3.201 million, Moldova for $724,000, and other countries for $127,000.

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