Business news from Ukraine

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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UKRAINIAN SCRAP METAL MARKET EXPANDS BY 6.5%, SCRAP METAL IMPORTS GROWS BY 12.5% IN JAN-NOV

Ukrainian enterprises in January-November 2018 boosted scrap metal consumption by 6.51% year-over-year, to 4.976 million tonnes.
According to a report of the Ukrmetallurgprom association issued on Wednesday, over the period 1.346 million tonnes of scrap metal was imported (a rise of 12.54% year-over-year), or 27.1% of the total market.
The share of flat scrap was 50.82% and the share of long scrap was 46.04%, and a year ago the figures were 56.86% and 41.64% respectively.
According to the Ukrmetallurgprom, in January-November 2018 Ukrainian enterprise produced 16.84 million tonnes of rolled steel (101% of the figure seen a year ago, taking into account operations of facilities on the government uncontrolled areas in January-February 2017, or 103% without them). Some 13.21 million tonnes (78.4%) was exported. The share of exports a year ago was 79.7% (13.35 million tonnes with total production of 16.74 million tonnes).
The share of semi-fabricated products of exports in January-November 2018 was 43.68% (42.25% a year ago). The share of flat rolled steel of total exports was 34.85% (34.11%), and the share of long rolled steel was 21.47% (23.64%).
The main export markets of Ukrainian metal products over the period, according to state-owned enterprise Information-Analytic Agency (StateAnalitInform), are the countries of the European Union (34%), Africa (16.6%), other European countries, including Turkey (13.1%) and the Middle East (10.7%).
Among the metallurgical importers in January-November 2018, the CIS countries (52.7%) are on the first position, on the second are the countries of Asia (20.5%), and on the third – the EU (17.7%).

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UZBEKISTAN RESUMES UKRAINIAN CONFECTIONARY IMPORTS

Uzbekistan from December 17 fully resumed customs clearance of goods of Ukrainian origin, including confectionary products, the Ukrkondprom association has reported. According to the association, manufacturers traditionally export the largest amount of confectionary during the New Year and Christmas holidays, so the lack of access to the Uzbek market during this period would cause significant damage to Ukrainian exporters.
As reported, Uzbekistan in the middle of November 2018 suspended customs clearance of goods from Ukraine without official explanation of the reasons. On November 11, the Ukrtsukor association of sugar manufacturers announced a gradual customs clearance of goods of Ukrainian origin.

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RUSSIA (62% OF ALL IMPORTS) AND USA (30%) ARE MAJOR COAL SUPPLIES OF UKRAINE

Ukraine increased imports of coal and anthracite coal (HS code 2701) by 9.9%, or 1.719 million tonnes, in January-November 2018 year-over-year, to 19.095 million tonnes. Coal shipments over the period under review were estimated at $2.693 billion, which was 10.8% more than in January-November 2017 ($2.431 billion), Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service said.
In particular, coal bought from the Russian Federation (61.91% of all imports) was estimated at $1.667 billion, from the United States (29.94%) at $806.349 million, Canada (4.78%) at $128.608 million, and other countries (3.37%) at $90.865 million.
In addition, Ukraine in January-November 2018 exported 63,617 tonnes of coal and anthracite to the tune of $8.627 million, including to Russia ($4.597 million), Slovakia ($3.201 million), Moldova ($0.715 million), and other countries ($0.114 million).
As reported, Ukraine plans in 2018 to increase import of steam coal by 11.3% compared to 2017, to 5.669 million tonnes.
In particular, it plans to buy 4.882 million tonnes of coal from Russia (a rise of 29.6% from 2017), 664,000 tonnes from the United States (a rise of 47.7%), and 123,000 tonnes from South Africa (a fall of 83.8%).
In 2011, Ukraine’s coal and anthracite imports totaled $2.761 billion and exports $775.109 million, in 2012: $2.637 billion and $609.392 million, respectively. These indicators in 2013 were $1.974 billion and $737.009 million, respectively, in 2014: $1.773 billion and $521.017 million, in 2015: $1.632 billion and $53.651 million, in 2016: $1.467 billion and $44.762 million, and in 2017: $2.744 billion and $105.494 million, respectively.

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