Grain export 2020/21: staples supply 17% lower

Infographic guide Ukrainian Agribusiness 2019/20


Staple grains export shipment from Ukraine has made up 25.27 mln t since the start of the 2020/21 season. As of Dec. 28, agricultural commodities shipment dropped by 5.13 mln t or 17% from the prior year's comparative period, 30.4 mln t, the information-analytical portal of the agro-industrial complex of Ukraine reports.

Grain export structure in the reporting period:

  • wheat: 12.39 mln t, 16% or 2.33 mln t y-o-y
  • corn: 8.76 mln t, 25% or 2.85 mln t y-o-y
  • barley: 3.75 mln t, 1% or 16 thou. 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, 70.8% of the agreed volume of wheat export was shipped.

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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).

Previously reported that corn in Ukraine yielded lower than in Russia for the first time since 1992.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in December report improved the estimate for corn export from Ukraine in 2020/21 by 1.5 mln t to 24 mln t.

As of December 14, agriproducers in Ukraine harvested 83.8 mln t of main crops on 24.1 mln ha, of which grains and legumes total 65.4 mln t harvested on 15.3 mln ha, making up 99% of the planned areas.

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