Ukraine is interested in expanding the presence of its agricultural producers in the Chinese market, Ukraine’s State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection said on Tuesday [15 August 2017]. In particular, this year, Ukraine plans to start exporting fish products and animal feeding stuff to China, the agency said in a statement following the 6th meeting of the subcommittee on agriculture cooperation of the Chinese-Ukrainian intergovernmental commission…Full Article: Xinhua Aug 2017

Key Points

  • By the end of 2018, Ukraine hopes that China will approve shipments of eggs, poultry, honey, and berry products.
  • In 2017, China increased the number of certified Ukrainian dairy suppliers from 18 to 27, and approved beef imports.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In November 2016, during the 2016 Ukraine Silk Road Forum in Kiev, the First Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament stated her country would be interested in participating in China’s “16+1” mechanism.
  • In May 2016, two new COFCO funded (US$75 million) shipping berths opened in the Mykolaiv Commercial Sea Port, Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine. Located along the Black Sea, the COFCO-backed berths at the port will have an annual grain (e.g. corn) transit capacity of 2.5 million MTs, along with 143,000 MTs of storage facilities.
  • In April 2014, Bulgaria was seeking to host the Agro Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum between China and Central Eastern European Countries (started in 2010), which has traditionally been hosted in China.
  • In September 2013, the 8th Agro-trade & Economic Cooperation Forum between China and Central-Eastern European Countries was held in Hefei, Anhui Province.
  • In the autumn of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, a strategic initiative to boost the economic development and trade of countries lying along the South China Sea, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea, as well as overland in Central Asia and Europe.
  • Launched in 2012, Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (aka the 16+1 mechanism) serves to promote economic trade between participating European countries and China. In 2012, China-CEE leaders met in Warsaw, followed by Bucharest (2013) and Belgrade (2014).

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