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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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CHINA LIFTS BAN ON IMPORTS OF UKRAINIAN POULTRY

China has lifted a ban on imports of Ukrainian poultry products, the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumers Protection has said in response to Interfax-Ukraine’s inquiry.
“This information is true, but the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service has not yet officially received it. This is about lifting the ban on importing poultry and poultry products to China,” the authority said.
The authority explained that China banned imports of Ukrainian poultry products in 2005-2006 over the avian influenza.
“In fact, the lifting of the ban is one of the prerequisites for opening the market, and not the resumption of supplies of Ukrainian poultry and poultry products to China. Until now, Ukraine has not exported these products to China,” the authority said.
As reported, the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumers Protection expects that in 2019-2020, markets in 24 countries for Ukrainian poultry products will be opened.

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