Ukraine in January-October exported 511.9 tons of frozen fish worth $1.1 million, up almost 1.5-fold YoY, the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry’s press service reported.
“During the same period last year, 485 tons of this produce was exported to the tune of $770,000. Thus, export revenue increased by 43%,” the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said the growth was due to the reorientation of Ukrainian producers to global markets with a higher margin. In particular, European countries accounted for almost 66% of the total revenue from frozen fish exports in January-October, whereas by the end of the same period last year, 60% of this produce had been shipped to the CIS countries.
In particular, Germany became the largest importer of Ukrainian frozen fish during the reporting period. It bought 110 tons worth $348,300. Also large buyers of this produce were Hungary (126.6 tons, $297,300), Moldova (112 tons, $196,000) and Azerbaijan (62 tons, $94,000). In the same period last year, most of frozen fish was shipped to Belarus (229.6 tons, $301,000).
Trout accounted for most of exports in January-October (54.2 tons, $259,100), other large batches were carp (44.4 tons, $126,000), pike perch (30.3 tons, $120,800), catfish (12.2 tons for $8,700), herring (11.9 tons, $13,800), horse-mackerel (11.8 tons, $24,000), and sardines (10 tons, $10,000).
In 2017, Ukraine exported 652.7 tons of frozen fish worth $1.1 million, the ministry said. (UNIAN/Business World Magazine)