Ukraine ramps up pork imports from the EU


Fabian Brockotter, Pig Progress

Jul 29, 2022


In June of 2022, Ukraine imported 9,000 tonnes of pork, 4 times higher compared to June of 2021, as the country continues battling against the disruptions of domestic production.


As estimated by the Ukrainian Club of Agricultural Business (UCAB), Ukrainian pork imports jumped by 46% compared to May of 2022. The country imports pork from the European Union, primarily from Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands.


Taxation changes


To some extent, the rise in pork imports is associated with the government’s decision to reinstate VAT and duties on imported pork from July 1, Maxim Gopko, UCAB analyst, explained. In light of this, some importers rushed to make a stockpile of pork.


In the previous years, Ukraine had a duty-free import quota of 20,000 tonnes of pork per year. To stabilise the domestic market, the VAT and import duty on pork was abolished this year, so in January-May, Ukraine imported 22,300 tonnes of pork.


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