In January-April 2018, the foreign trade turnover of agrarian and food products between Ukraine and the countries of the European Union increased by almost 14% compared to the same period in 2017 and amounted to $ 2.8 billion.
This was reported by the Deputy Minister of Ukraine for Eurointegration Olga Trofimtseva, the press service said.
At the same time, agricultural exports to the EU countries during this time increased by $ 145 million compared with 2017, and amounted to $ 1.9 billion.
"I am glad to note the stable growth of bilateral trade in agrarian and food products between Ukraine and the European Union. The main import tariff quotas of the EU for Ukrainian honey, malt and wheat gluten, processed tomatoes, grape and apple juices, corn, wheat and flour have already been completely exhausted, "the deputy minister stressed.
Olga Trofimtseva pointed out that the greatest demand for European consumers are such Ukrainian products as:
- cereals - $ 749.5 million;
- vegetable oil - $ 370.9 million;
- seeds of oilseeds - $ 194.3 million;
- residues and waste products of the food industry - $ 177.2 million;
Meat and edible by-products of poultry - $ 764 million.
According to the Deputy Minister, the total Ukrainian agrarian and food exports to all countries of the world for 4 months of 2018 amounted to almost $ 6 billion.
It is noted that a significant share in the commodity structure of exports is occupied by:
- cereals - 37%;
- vegetable oils - 26.1%;
- oil seeds - 9%.
It is specified that import tariff quotas for the following products remain almost unused:
- garlic - 0.49 thousand tons;
- oats - 3.48 thousand tons;
- sugar - 18.12 tons;
- other sugar - 12.72 thousand tons;
- mushrooms - 0,5 thousand tons;
- production from processed milk - 1,99 thousand tons;
- sugar syrups - 2 thousand tons and others.
Recall that Ukraine can enter the TOP-3 of the countries-leaders of agroexport, squeezing Germany.