Ukraine has exhausted the quota for the supply of honey in the EU

Украина исчерпала квоту на поставки меда в ЕС

Annual quota chosen for 10 days.

As of January 11 Ukraine 100% exhausted the annual quota for duty-free supply in the EU, honey, grape and Apple juice. This was announced by first Deputy Minister of agrarian policy and food of Ukraine Maxim Martyniuk in Facebook.

“On the calendar – on January 11, and 100% of export quotas for deliveries of honey to the EU is already selected, even given the fact that last year its volume was increased. It is clear that the export does not stop, just continues on the same basis (fortunately, Ukrainian product is competitive in the European market even beyond the Autonomous preferences). But at the same time and date 11.01 zero balance indicate high potential of this industry,” said Martyniuk.

He also said that in Ukraine there are about 400,000 beekeepers, which together produce an average of 70 thousand tons of honey per year, which is the highest in Europe.

“Nearly 57 thousand tons, or 80% of Ukrainian honey is exported mostly to the European Union. Potential production, based on crops of honey plants – up to 140 thousand tons of honey per year, twice the current volumes,” said Martyniuk.

Ukraine has a great market and production potential is, however, a stumbling block, according to Martynyuk, is the lack of mandatory requirements for the quality of honey.

“The current state standard is voluntary. At the same time, in the framework of the Association Agreement, Ukraine has committed to implement the European requirements for honey. Deadline end of next year,” added Martyniuk.

He also noted that during the first decade of January, fully used the quotas for export of grape and Apple juice (14 thousand tons) and a substantial percentage of use (25%) in the categories of poultry products.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine significantly increased its exports of honey.

Recall that in 2017, the Ukrainians earned honey $37 million.