During the meeting, Deputy Head of the Office of the President Yulia Kovaliv and British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons discussed issues of enhancing trade relations and investments between the countries as part of the implementation of the Agreement on Political Cooperation, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership.
“Today, at a meeting with British Ambassador to Ukraine, Ms. Melinda Simmons, we discussed issues of enhancing trade relations and investments in the framework of the implementation of the Agreement on Political Cooperation, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership,” Kovaliv wrote on her Facebook page.
She also recalled that thanks to the Memorandum with UKEF signed in October 2020, the UK will be able to provide loan guarantees of up to GBP 2.5 billion for British-Ukrainian trade contracts.
“The access of business of both countries to the instrument of loan guarantees will enable to intensify cooperation and stimulate investments in the economy,” Kovaliv added.
TOP 20 countries Ukraine has posted the highest surplus of trade in goods in Jan-Aug (thsd usd).
SSC of Ukraine
The deficit of Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods in January-November 2020 halved compared to the same period in 2019, to $3.93 billion from $8.15 billion, in November the foreign trade deficit amounted to $590 million compared to $360 million in deficit in October and $860 million in deficit in November last year. According to the data of the State Customs Service, export of goods from Ukraine for the specified period compared to the same period in 2019 decreased by 3.51%, to $44.45 billion, import by 10.77%, to $48.38 billion.
The State Customs Service clarified that in November this year, compared with October, the volume of exports increased by 2.21%, to $4.73 billion, imports by 6.75%, to $5.32 billion.
At the same time, compared to November 2019, exports increased by 9.15%, imports by 2.43% in monetary terms.
According to the customs data, China remains the largest trade partner of Ukraine in January-November with a trade turnover of $43.9 billion, a deficit of almost $15.6 billion. It is followed by the Russian Federation (a turnover of $39.7 billion, a negative balance of $12.97 billion) and Germany (trade turnover is $28.3 billion, a deficit of $11.86 billion), according to the State Customs Service.
Ukraine can intensify trade with Asian countries, while maintaining focus on European markets, the Deputy Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture, Ukraine’s Trade Representative Taras Kachka has said.
“We have a good dialogue with these countries. It is very likely that we will continue to talk about the intensification of trade. There are requests from Indonesia. There are talks with Malaysia,” he said during the discussion “Trade Wars: the Art of Defense.”
According to the trade representative, the demand for Ukrainian products from Asia is growing and this is a phenomenon of 2020.
“The fact that this year the dynamics of trade with Asia is greater than with the EU does not mean that we should forget the EU and flee to Asia,” he said.
Kachka added that next year Ukraine will “evolutionarily” update its Export Strategy, which will allow the country to be more predictable in terms of trade policy.
“The less “somersaults” we have, the better. In fact, we need a gradual systematic work in all directions,” the official said.
Top 20 countries Ukraine has posted the highest surplus of trade in goods in Jan- July of 2020 (thSd USD).
Source: SSC of Ukraine
Foreign trade turnover by the most important positions in January-July 2020 (export).