Ukrainian apple exports to EU up ninefold
A decline in apple production in the EU allows Ukraine to increase its exports to the European markets, reports Fruit-Inform referring to the official customs statistics.
According to the official data, Ukraine exported 9,200 tons of apples to the EU from July to January 2017/18. For comparison, over the same period of 2016/17, apple exports from Ukraine to the EU amounted just to 1,000 tons, with the majority of those volumes represented by apples for processing.
Nevertheless, Belarus is still the leading importer of Ukrainian apples and has sharply increased its imports. For instance, in July-January 2017/18, Ukraine exported 11,400 tons of apples to this destination, a 60% rise against the same period of the previous season.
It is also worth mentioning that over 7 months of 2017/18, total exports of these fruits from Ukraine have reached 21,000 tons, which was 130% more compared to the same period of last season. As of January 2018, the country exported 4,200 tons of apples – a surge of 80% against the same month of 2017.