EU trade with Ukraine set to increase?
Two recent announcements suggest that trade in pork between the EU and Ukraine is likely to increase in the coming months.
Two recent announcements suggest that trade in pork between the EU and Ukraine is likely to increase in the coming months. First, with effect from 23 April, the EU provided Ukraine with temporary tariff-free access to its markets for certain agricultural products, including pork. The aim is to support the Ukrainian economy during the current political crisis. Ukraine has not historically been a major exporter of pork. However, with increasing pig meat production and a faltering economy, there may be some scope for exports during the period of access, which is set to last until 1 November.
More recently, Ukraine has announced that it will reopen its market to Polish pig meat. Shipments had been suspended since the ASF cases in Poland earlier in the year but Ukraine now considers that the risk from the disease is over. Reports also suggest that Ukraine is now prepared to accept animal products from any EU-approved companies. Last year, the EU exported just under 50,000 tonnes of pork to Ukraine, although this was down more than 40% compared with 2012. About 70% was sourced from Poland and Germany and they are the most likely countries to benefit from the recent announcements.