For 2018, foreign trade in goods of the agro-industrial complex between Ukraine and the EU countries increased by 11.4% compared with 2017 and reached more than $ 9 billion, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine reports.
Of this amount, $ 6.3 billion accounted for Ukrainian agricultural exports. Ukrainian agricultural exports to EU countries increased by 8.7%.
“Ukrainian exports of agricultural products to the EU countries continue to show annual growth: in 2016, it was just over $ 4 billion, in 2017 – $ 5.8 billion, and according to the results of 2018, it exceeds $ 6.3 billion,” said the Deputy Agrarian Minister politicians Olga Trofimtsev.
The leaders of Ukrainian agricultural exports to the EU markets are grains, which exported more than $ 2.2 billion, oilseeds – $ 1.1 billion, and oil – $ 1.1 billion.
The top 5 key importers of Ukrainian agricultural and food products in the EU are headed by the Netherlands, where products worth almost $ 1.2 billion were exported. Spain ranks second ($ 1.04 billion), Italy is third ($ 737.9 million), and followed by Germany ($ 667.4 million) and Poland ($ 656.7 million).
In 2018, imports of agricultural products from the EU to Ukraine amounted to almost $ 2.7 billion, which is $ 420.7 million more compared to 2017.
“During this period, Ukraine bought more products in the EU countries: chocolate and cocoa beans, tobacco and its products, animal feed products, meat and by-products, alcoholic beverages,” Trofimtseva said.
Most of all, Ukraine bought products in Poland – $ 556.1 million, Germany – $ 492.6 million, Italy – $ 276.6 million, France – $ 242.1 million and Spain – $ 147.7 million.