Less than two weeks into 2017 Ukraine has already used up its 5,200-ton quota of duty-free honey exports to the European Union, an agriculture ministry official said on Jan. 13.
Producers have also used up the bulk of Ukraine’s sugar quota to the EU (64 percent of 12,834 tons) and the quota for grape and apple juices (78 percent of 9,373 tons).
Meanwhile, the 16,800-ton basic quota for the supply of poultry meat, which is split into quarterly tranches, has already been completely used up for the first quarter, with 4,200-tons having been exported to the EU.
“The new statistics prove the importance of our work on enhancing the access of Ukrainian agricultural exporters to EU markets,” Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food for European Integration Olha Trofimtseva said on Jan. 13.
“This issue will remain at the top of our team’s agenda in 2017. Ukrainian agricultural products are in high demand among European importers,” Trofimtseva added.
In 2016, Ukraine fully used up its EU export quotas for honey, sugar, oats, barley and barley flour, malt, corn, processed tomatoes, and several other food groups.