Grain export 2020/21: shipment dropped 13% YoY

Staple grains export shipment from Ukraine has made up 18.48 mln t since the start of the 2020/21 season. As of Nov. 13, agricultural commodities shipment dropped by 2.87 mln t or 13.4% from the prior year's comparative period, 21.35 mln t, the information-analytical portal of the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine reports.

Grain export structure in the reporting period:

  • wheat: 11.22 mln t, 8.92% or 1.12 mln t y-o-y
  • barley: 3.48 mln t, 3.26% or 107 thou. t y-o-y
  • corn: 3.43 mln t, 35.65% or 1.9 mln t y-o-y
  • rye: 1.7 thou. t, 66% or 3.3 thou. t y-o-y

As a reminder, the Ministry for the Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine and grain market participants signed the Annex to the Memorandum of Understanding on Aug. 17, setting the limit for wheat export from Ukraine in the 2020/21 season at 17.5 mln t, rye at 1 thou. t. As of the reporting date, 63% of the agreed volume of wheat export was shipped.

Export of Ukrainian ag commodities (click for full resolution)

In the 2019/20 season, grains, pulses and flour export from Ukraine totalled the record 57.2 mln t, 6.8 mln t higher YoY (2018/19: 50.4 mln t).

USDA in its November report put the estimate for corn export from Ukraine in 2020/21 at 22.5 mln, 8 mln t lower from October estimate.

As of November 12, agriproducers in Ukraine harvested 75.2 mln t of main crops on 22.8 mln ha, of which grains and legumes total 57.2 mln t harvested on 14.1 mln ha, making up 92% of the planned areas.

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