Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE INCREASES IMPORTS OF COKING COAL

Coke plants of Ukraine imported 1.87 million tonnes of coking coal and coal concentrate for coking in January and February 2019, which is 3% more than in January and February 2018.
According to the Ukrmetallurgprom association, in February 2019, 870,000 tonnes was imported (86% compared with January 2019).
Ukrainian coal in the amount of 450,000 was shipped to the plants in January-February 2019, which is 10% less on January-February 2018. In February, 200 tonnes were delivered (86% compared with January).
In January-February 2019, Ukrainian coke plants received 2.32 million tonnes of coking coal, which is 2% more compared with January-February 2018. The share of imported coal was 80.6%. In February 2019, 1.07 million tonnes of coking coal was shipped (85% compared with January 2019).
Steel enterprises in Ukraine received 1.54 million tonnes of coke in January-February 2019 (91% compared with January-February 2018), including 1.43 million tonnes of Ukrainian coke and 0.11 million imported coke. The share of imported coke of total supplies was 7.2%.
In February 2019, steel enterprises received 727,000 tonnes of coke (89% compared with January), including 677,000 tonnes of Ukrainian coke and 50,000 tonnes of imported coke.

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UKRAINE INCREASES IMPORTS OF COPPER BY 52%

Ukrainian enterprises increased imports of copper and copper products in terms of money by 51.8% in January 2019 compared with January 2018, to $8.22 million. Exports of copper and copper products decreased 57.5% over the year to $6.278 million, according to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.
In December, copper and copper products were imported to the tune of $10,327 million, and copper exports were estimated at $7.130 million.
In addition, Ukraine in January 2019 boosted imports of nickel and products made of it by 55.9%, to $9.235 million (imports in December were estimated at $4.566 million), while imports of aluminum and products made of it fell by 2.8%, to $23.378 million ($33.745 million). Imports of, lead and products made of it rose by 5.1-fold, to $1.074 million ($1.195 million) and imports of zinc and zinc goods decreased 67.8%, to $112,000 ($378,000). At the same time, imports of tin and products made of it decreased 46.3%, to $3.674 million ($4.302 million).
Exports of aluminum and products made of it decreased 34.1% in January 2019, to $6.623 million ($7.902 million in December alone), while shipments of lead abroad decreased 62.4%, to $1.395 million ($1.773 million). Exports of nickel fell by 4.4%, to $175,000 ($541,000 in December).
Zinc exports in January 2019 amounted to $39,000 (some $28,000 in December 2018) compared to $7,000 in January 2018.
Exports of tin and products made of it in January 2019 were estimated at $3,000 (some $1,000 in December) compared to no exports in January 2018.

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UKRAINE BOOSTS CHEESE IMPORTS IN JAN TO $5.6 MLN

Ukraine in January 2019 exported 455 tonnes of cheese, which was 23.5% up on January 2018. According to customs statistics released by Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service (SFS), cheese exports in monetary terms amounted to $1.5 million, which was 20% higher than the figure for the first month of 2018.
At the same time, imports of cheese in January 2019 totaled 1,180 tonnes, which was 35.7% more than in January last year. The imports in monetary terms increased by 30%, to $5.6 million.
Exports of Ukrainian creamery butter in January 2019 decreased by 28.5%, to 1,750 tonnes. The exports in monetary terms decreased by 37%, to $7.1 million. Imports of creamery butter, according to the SFS, decreased by 21%, to 90 tonnes ($585,000).
In January 2019, exports of condensed milk and cream decreased by 9%, to 2,150 tonnes. Ukraine supplied condensed milk and cream to the tune of $3.67 million, which was 3% less than in January 2018. Their imports decreased by 21%, to 167 tonnes ($325,000).
As was reported, Ukraine in 2018 imported 13,720 tonnes of cheese (37.1% up from 2017) and exported 8,340 tonnes of cheese (7.8% down from 2017).
Last year, exports of butter remained at the level of 2017, imports increased slightly, to 1,100 tonnes.
Exports of condensed milk and cream totaled 35,550 tonnes (24.1% down from 2017), imports were 2,360 tonnes (38.6% up from 2017).

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UKRAINE IMPORTS 10 BCM OF GAS FOR $3 BLN IN 11 MONTHS OF 2018

Ukraine in January-November 2018 imported 10.014 billion cubic meters of natural gas for a total of $3.015 billion, in particular in November some 1.012 billion cubic meters for $341.604 million, according to the State Statistics Service.
Thus, the average price of gas imported by the country in November 2018 was $337.5 per 1,000 cubic meters against $347.3 in October, $320 in September, $293.9 in August, $309.1 in July, $267.4 in June, $263.5 in May, $310.8 in April, $278.7 in March, $261.1 in February, and $279.4 in January.
In the 11 months of the last year, the main counterparties were companies from Switzerland with 3.679 billion cubic meters of gas worth $1.102 billion, Germany with 3.146 billion cubic meters for $929.324 million, Poland with 714.061 million cubic meters for $213.391 million, the UK with 629.451 million cubic meters for $186.219 million, and Hungary with 532.563 million cubic meters for $169.845 million.
There were no gas imports from the Russia for the specified period.

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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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