Ukraine’s agricultural products imports from the European Union in 2019 were estimated at $3.13 billion, which accounted for more than 50% of the country’s food imports in monetary terms.
“Shipments from Europe in monetary terms grew from $2.695 billion in 2018 to $3.133 billion in 2019. For the first time over Ukraine’s independence, the share of European countries has exceeded half of domestic imports of agricultural products, reaching 51%,” the press service of the National Scientific Center “Institute of Agrarian Economics” said on February 20.
Poland has been topping the ranking of the agricultural suppliers since 2017. In 2019, Ukraine imported from Poland farm produce worth $659 million, up by 20% YoY.
In total, Ukraine’s agri-food imports in 2019 stood at $6.1 billion, up by 11%. At the same time, food imports from Asian countries were estimated at more than $1.125 billion (18.3%), shipments from Latin America at $453 million (7.4%) and from Africa at $282 million (4.6%). Traditionally, the following product groups account for the lion’s share of Ukraine’s food product imports: fruit and berry products ($673 million), fish and mollusks ($645 million), tobacco ($496 million), various food products ($440 million), oilseeds ($340 million) as well as cocoa products and chocolate ($327 million). In total, the said products accounted for 55% of Ukraine’s total agri-food imports in monetary terms. (UNIAN/Business World Magazine)