In January of this year, Ukraine exported products of the agro-industrial complex by $ 1.7 billion, which is almost 22.5% more than the corresponding period last year.
This was reported by. Olga Trofimtseva, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, informs the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy.
“According to the results of the first month of 2019, Ukrainian agricultural exports continued to grow and increased by $ 321 million compared with January 2018,” Trofimtseva said.
She added that grain crops traditionally remain the leaders of Ukrainian agricultural exports, with a share of 44.6% in the total structure of agricultural exports, oils - 19.8% and oilseeds - 9.7%.
“What I would like to separately pay attention to is the changes in the regional structure of exports of the agro-industrial complex. The EU countries took the first place among our sales markets, where we exported $ 668 million worth of products in January of this year. Asian countries lost to our European neighbors with a result of just over $ 641 million, and Africa took the third place, where Ukrainian agroexport made $ 292.2 million, ”said Olga Trofimtseva.
The official also drew attention to the problems of export logistics, especially railway, especially for grain and oilseeds.
"Considering that critical logistics issues remain on the agenda, Minagro, with sector representatives, decided to resume regular interdepartmental headquarters work to quickly resolve agricultural logistics issues in his work, not only on current work issues, but also on more strategic themes of agrarian logistics ", - said the Acting Minister.
The top 5 key countries importing Ukrainian agricultural and food products in January looked as follows (in terms of exports in value terms): Egypt - $ 153.6 million, Netherlands - $ 149.9 million; India - $ 143.9 million, Spain - $ 135.8 million, Turkey - $ 112.3 million
“During this period, food imports also increased by 9.5% compared with January 2018 and amounted to $ 462.6 million. Ukraine most actively imported fruits, nuts, fish, tobacco and its products, cocoa beans and chocolate, cereals , coffee, tea, spices and butter, ”Trofimtseva added.