Ukraine increased exports of poultry meat and by-products

In January-August 2019, Ukraine increased exports of poultry meat and by-products by 28.4% to 275.5 thousand tons, in monetary terms exports of these products increased by 20.4% – to $ 401.8 million.

This is evidenced by the data of the State Fiscal Service.

At the same time, imports of poultry and by-products for the eight months of 2019 declined 4.4% to 82.2 thousand tons, in monetary terms – by 3.7% to $ 32.9 million.

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EU increases quotas for Ukrainian poultry exporters

First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv July 30 signed an agreement between Ukraine and the European Union to increase the quota for Ukrainian poultry meat exporters.

This was reported by “European Truth” with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development.

The annual quota for poultry meat and processed poultry meat will gradually increase by 2.5 times.

These changes will enter into force upon ratification by the parliaments of both parties.

Recall that as of July 22, Ukraine has fully used quotas for duty-free export of agri-food products to the EU for nine groups of goods: honey, sugar, cereals and flour, processed starch, processed tomatoes, grape and apple juice, wheat, corn and butter.

As it became known in March, the European Commission reached an agreement with Ukraine to amend the agreement on a free trade zone, with the aim of limiting the uncontrolled import of chicken into the EU. The European Union will increase duty-free quotas for chicken from Ukraine and close the cunning legal loophole that was used by the company of billionaire Yuri Kosyuk.

The decision concerned a situation that European farmers expressed dissatisfaction with. We are talking about a method found by the Ukrainian company Mironovsky Bakery Product to circumvent the stringent restrictions on the import of chicken into the EU. Chicken with bone is sent to EU plants without paying any fees, and then the bone is cut and chicken fillet is sold.

The export of Ukrainian chicken has grown 50 times in 4 years

The export of Ukrainian chicken has grown 50 times in 4 years

At the moment, Ukraine ranks first in the world in terms of growth rates of exports of fresh chicken, reports Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine – CCI Ukraine (

In just 5 years, the country has increased the volume of foreign sales of poultry meat 51 times. The sharp increase in exports of this product began in 2014.

An example of Ukraine is unprecedented, since Poland, which ranks second in the world in terms of growth rates, has, since 2014, increased the export of fresh chicken by less than twice – by 95.5%. In third place – Austria, this country has increased overseas sales of poultry by 41.5%. China from 2014 to 2018 has expanded the volume of chicken exports by 37%.

Ukraine is also one of the leaders in overseas sales of frozen chicken. Since 2014, the volume of exports of this product has grown by 33.6%. In this position, our country ranks fourth in the world, and the leader is Thailand, where the growth of volumes of foreign sales of frozen chicken was 67.5%.

Given the market situation, it can be argued that Ukraine will continue to increase exports of poultry meat. So, the largest domestic chicken producer, M.Hliboproduct, in the first quarter of 2019, exported 47% more poultry than during the same period last year.


Poultry meat exports from Ukraine in the first quarter of 2019 accounted for 103.6 thou. tons. The chicken meat supplied is worth USD 146.9 million, 1.4x more from the corresponding period of 2018 (74.7 thou. tons, USD 111.95 million).

The State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFSU) informs that the key importers in the indicated period are as follows:

  1.     Saudi Arabia — 28.2 thou. tons for the amount of USD 39.9 million (27.2 per cent);
  2.     Netherlands — 17.1 thou. tons, USD 24.2 million (16.5 per cent);
  3.     Slovakia — 9.9 thou. tons, USD 14.1 million (9.7 per cent);
  4.     others — 48.2 thou. tons, USD 68.4 million (46.6 per cent).

The US experts compiled a rating of major world chicken meat exporters where Ukraine holds the 6th position. Brazil tops the rating.

By the end of 2019, the country is expected to increase chicken exports by 2.4 per cent to 3.8 million tons.