According to the State Statistics Service, agroproducts were imported to Ukraine in January-September 2017 by $ 3.2 billion. The import of agri-food products for 9 months of this year increased by $ 0.2 billion, as compared to the corresponding period of 2016, mainly due to an increase volumes of supplies from the EU countries.
This was told by the deputy director of the National Scientific Center "Institute of Agrarian Economics", corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Mykola Puhachov, the press service of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.
According to him, Ukraine traditionally buys fish and crustaceans abroad, tobacco products, fruits and nuts, various food products, sunflower seeds, cocoa products and chocolate, coffee and tea, palm oil, residues and waste, and ethyl alcohol. These products account for more than 55% of the cost of all agricultural imports into the country.
"The import of agro-food products of Ukraine is carried out mainly from the EU countries. In January-September, 2017, Ukraine purchased almost 50% of all agricultural and food products in the region - by $ 1,581 million, " says Mykola Puhachov.
The volume of agri-food deliveries from Asian countries for 9 months of 2017 was $ 626 million, from Latin America - $ 282 million, from Africa - $ 167 million. The import from the US was $ 145 million.
"The lowest volumes of purchases of agricultural products - from the CIS countries. In January-September 2017, domestic imports from this region amounted to $ 100 million, " says Mykola Puhachov.