According to the results of January-August 2018, the commodity turnover of goods of the agrarian and food industries between Ukraine and the countries of the European Union reached $ 5.4 billion, which is $ 330 million more than in the same period last year. At the same time, exports of Ukrainian agricultural products to the EU markets exceeded $ 3.6 billion, Olha Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine for European Integration said, the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy reported.
“The top five export positions in the EU for this period included: grains - $ 1.2 billion, oil - $ 702.5 million, oilseeds - $ 581.4 million, left-over and food-industry waste - $ 312.8 million, meat and edible by-products of poultry - $ 169.8 million and other goods,” Olha Trofimtseva said.
She added that the TOP-5 countries with the largest share in the foreign trade turnover between Ukraine and the EU countries include the Netherlands - 15.2%, Poland - 14.3%, Italy - 12.6%, Spain - 12%, Germany - 11 ,5%.
Many of the Ukrainian products showed a significant increase in the value of exports to EU countries. In particular:
- rapeseed - by $ 164.1 million (or an increase of 73.1%);
- nuts - by $ 16.5 million (by 75.6%);
- dried leguminous vegetables - by $ 16.1 million (3.6 times);
- fruits and nuts, raw, boiled or frozen - by $ 14.1 million (by 41.1%);
- sugar confectionery products - by $ 11.9 million (by 73.9%);
- soybeans - by $ 11.7 million (by 7.5%);
- chocolate and other products containing cocoa - by $ 10.8 million (68%);
- poultry eggs without shells and egg yolks - by $ 8.5 million (19.9 times);
- juices - by $ 8.2 million (by 33.5%) and other goods.
“During this period, imports of agricultural and food products from EU countries to Ukraine increased by $ 336.2 million compared with the corresponding period of 2017 and amounted to $ 1.7 billion. More we imported products for animal feed, tobacco and products from it, chocolate and cocoa bean products, meat and offal, oilseeds, maize, alcohol, and various other foods. The growth of bilateral trade in the agri-food sector between Ukraine and the EU once again proves that the agreement on the DCFTA is working successfully,” Olha Trofimtseva summed up .