Ukrainian enterprises in January-May of this year reduced export of scrap metal by 54.8% compared to the same period last year, to 16,489 tonnes (36,515 tonnes were exported in January-May 2019).
According to statistics released by the State Customs Service, in terms of money, scrap exports fell by 58.1%, to $4.181 million.
In January, 2,865 tonnes of scrap metal were exported, in February some 8,014 tonnes, in March 493 tonnes, in April 256 tonnes, and in May 4,861 tonnes.
At the same time, in January-May of this year, the country reduced imports of scrap metal in natural terms by 76.2% compared to the same period last year, to 6,841 tonnes. In monetary terms, this indicator decreased by 49.9%, to $7.411 million.
Scrap metal was imported mainly from Turkey (65.46% of supplies in monetary terms), the Russian Federation (26.52%) and the Netherlands (5.07%), exports were made to Turkey (78.41%), the Netherlands (11.29%), and Germany (7.22%).
In addition, the metal enterprises of Ukraine in January-May 2020 imported 1,602 tonnes of products of direct reduction of iron from ore according to code 7203 (hot briquetted iron), which is a substitute for cast iron and scrap metal, in the amount of $481,000, whereas in January-May 2019 they did not import this product from the Russian Federation and did not export it.