Corn exports in October-November 24 pct up YoY

Infographic guide Ukrainian Agribusiness 2018/19


In October-November 2019/20, Ukraine significantly increased corn exports, the volume of which reached 5.5 mln t exceeding the corresponding indicator of the previous season by 24%, the APK-Inform consultancy reports.

The main importer of Ukrainian corn following in the reporting period is China, which purchased 918.8 thou. t of grain, 64% higher from the comparative period of 2018/19 (560.4 thou. t). The second position is occupied by Egypt, which during the reporting period imported 820.5 thou. t, thereby increasing purchases by 5.5x or by 147.8 thou. tons.

Turkey and Israel have significantly increased their imports of corn from Ukraine. Thus, 301.8 thou. t of Ukrainian grain were shipped to the Turkish market this season (2.7x growth), 282.2 thou. t — to the Israeli market (4.4x growth).

Corn production in Ukraine and worldwide (click for full resolution)

Ukrainian corn supplies the European Union reduced: by the results of the first two months, the EU states purchased only 2.5 mln tons (-20%).

"The key importers in this region — Spain and the Netherlands — have reduced grain imports by 27% and 9% vs. the previous season, or by 769.1 thou. t and 621.5 thou. t, respectively," noted the experts.

Germany and Italy are among the largest importers of Ukrainian corn, although they reduced their purchases by more than 50%: Germany — from 471.6 thou. t in 2018/19 to 207.6 thou. t in 2019/20, and Italy — from 358.4 thou. t to 171.9 thou. t. Only Belgium and Portugal increased their grain imports to 217.2 thou. t and 183.9 thou. t, respectively, which exceeds the previous season's figures by 1.4x and 3.5x.

As a reminder, in the Black Sea region, grains and oilseeds prices surged significantly during last week. The support from Chicago’s market added to the end of year break have provoked a regain of interest from importers.

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