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.