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UKRAINE INCREASES IMPORTS OF COKING COAL BY 7%

Coke plants of Ukraine imported 7.19 million tonnes of coking coal and coal concentrate for coking in January-August 2019, which is 7% less than in January-August 2018. According to the Ukrmetallurgprom association, in February 2019, 760,000 tonnes was imported (780,000 tonnes in July 2019).

Ukrainian coal in the amount of 2.26 million was shipped to the plants in January-August 2019, which is 32% more compared with January-August 2018. In August, 430 tonnes were delivered (110% compared with July).

In January-August 2019, Ukrainian coke plants received 9.45 million tonnes of coking coal, which is the same as in January-August 2018. The share of imported coal was 76.1%. In August 2019, 1.19 million tonnes of coking coal was shipped (103% compared with July 2019).

Steel enterprises in Ukraine received 6.16 million tonnes of coke in January-August 2019 (97% compared with January-August 2018), including 5.8 million tonnes of Ukrainian coke and 0.36 million imported coke. The share of imported coke of total supplies was 5.8%.

In August 2019, steel enterprises received 753,000 tonnes of coke (106% compared with July), including 733,000 tonnes of Ukrainian coke and 20,000 tonnes of imported coke.

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DTEK CUTS COAL IMPORTS BY 33.6%

DTEK Group through January-June 2019 reduced coal imports by 33.6% (501,400 tonnes) compared to the same period last year, to 991,300 tonnes, according to a press release from the company.
In the first half of the year, DTEK enterprises decreased production of coal by 2.5% compared to the same period of 2018, to 12.571 million tonnes.
In particular, the production of G and DG grade coal (Ukraine) for the first sixth months of 2019 decreased by 0.9%, to 11.325 million tonnes. Production of A grade coal by Obukhovskaya mine (the Russian Federation) for this period decreased by 14.8%, to 1.246 million tonnes.
Concentrate output fell by 5.5%, to 5.485 million tonnes. In particular, output at third-party processing plants in Ukraine fell by 85.2%, to 72,200 tonnes, while at Obukhovskaya mine fell by 6.7%, to 847,300 tonnes.

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UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES INCREASE IMPORTS OF COPPER BY 24%

Ukrainian enterprises increased imports of copper and copper products in terms of money by 24.1% in January-August 2019 compared with similar period of 2018, to $75.131 million.
Exports of copper and copper products decreased 47.6% over the year to $58.229 million, according to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.
In August, copper and copper products were imported to the tune of $11.752 million, and copper exports were estimated at $6.065 million.
In addition, in January-August 2019, Ukraine decreased imports of nickel and products made of it by 12.2%, to $58.301 million (imports in August were estimated at $5.468 million), while imports of aluminum and products made of it increased 5.7%, to $261.639 million ($33.214 million). Imports of lead and products made of it increased by 1.5%, to $8.906 million ($1.426 million) and imports of tin and products made of it decreased 27.7%, to $2.354 million ($0.316 million). Imports of zinc and zinc goods decreased 18.3%, to $48.884 million ($7.016 million).
Exports of aluminum and products made of it decreased 26.1% in January-August 2019, to $69.697 million ($9.157 million in August alone), while shipments of lead abroad decreased 32.7%, to $16.843 million ($1.929 million). Exports of nickel fell by 40.2%, to $3.48 million ($0.213 million in August).
Zinc exports in January-August 2019 amounted to $0.416 million ($0.031 million in August) compared to $0.18 in January-August 2018.
Exports of tin and products made of it in January-August 2019 were estimated at $0.03 million (no tin was exported in August) compared to $0.288 million in January-August 2018.

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UKRAINE RAISES CHEESE IMPORTS BY 1.6 TIMES TO $57.27 MLN

Ukraine in January-August 2019 exported 4,340 tonnes of cheese, which is 19.5% less than in the same period in 2018.
According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service, in monetary terms exports amounted to $15.64 million, which is 22% less than the figure for the eight months of 2018.
At the same time, cheese imports in January-August 2019 amounted to 12,500 tonnes, which is 1.6 times more than the figure for the same period in 2018. In monetary terms, imports rose by 49.5%, to $57.27 million.
Export of butter from Ukraine in January-August of this year decreased by 34.3%, to 14,100 tonnes, in money terms by 37.2%, to $58.1 million. Import of this product, according to the service, rose by 33%, to 950 tonnes ($5.28 million).
In January-August, export of milk and cream (condensed) rose by 9.5%, to 29,170 tonnes. Ukraine supplied condensed milk and cream for a total of $61.85 million against $43.77 million in January-August 2018. Imports of this group of goods decreased by 6.6%, to 1,330 tonnes ($2.91 million).

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DTEK CUTS COAL IMPORTS BY 33.6%

DTEK Group through January-June 2019 reduced coal imports by 33.6% (501,400 tonnes) compared to the same period last year, to 991,300 tonnes, according to a press release from the company.
In the first half of the year, DTEK enterprises decreased production of coal by 2.5% compared to the same period of 2018, to 12.571 million tonnes.
In particular, the production of G and DG grade coal (Ukraine) for the first sixth months of 2019 decreased by 0.9%, to 11.325 million tonnes. Production of A grade coal by Obukhovskaya mine (the Russian Federation) for this period decreased by 14.8%, to 1.246 million tonnes.
Concentrate output fell by 5.5%, to 5.485 million tonnes. In particular, output at third-party processing plants in Ukraine fell by 85.2%, to 72,200 tonnes, while at Obukhovskaya mine fell by 6.7%, to 847,300 tonnes.

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UKRAINE IMPORTS NATURAL GAS WORTH $1.1 BLN IN SIX MONTHS

Ukraine in January-June 2019 imported 4.863 billion cubic meters of natural gas for a total of $1.060 billion, in particular in June 1.372 billion cubic meters for $259.638 million, according to the State Statistics Service.
Thus, the average price of gas imported by the country in June 2019 amounted to $189.3 per 1,000 cubic meters, which is 7.8% less than in May 2019 ($205.3).
The counterparties for the six months of 2019 were companies from Switzerland with 1.732 billion cubic meters of gas for $372.82 million, Germany with 1.567 billion cubic meters for $329.671 million, Hungary with 356.061 million cubic meters for $72.895 million, the Czech Republic with 246.071 million cubic meters for $51.799 million, Poland with 292.817 million cubic meters for $63.78 million, Austria with 224.315 million cubic meters for $63.597 million, France with 172.724 million cubic meters for $38.518 million, the UK with 106.64 million cubic meters for $28.751 million, Luxembourg with 88.627 million cubic meters for $23.159 million, Slovakia with 57.583 million cubic meters for $11.23 million, Italy with 16.893 million cubic meters for $3.487 million, and Bulgaria with 1.4 million cubic meters for $255,000.
Gas was not imported from Russia for the indicated period.

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