Ukraine has been approved to export sunflower meals and sugar beet pulp to China, State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection said in a statement on Monday [20 November 2017]. According to the statement, China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has approved seven Ukrainian companies for sunflower meals deliveries and two Ukrainian companies for sugar beet pulp supplies…Full Article: Xinhua Nov 2017
- Ukrainian sunflower meal and sugar beet pulp will be primarily used as animal feed for beef cattle and chicken.
- By the end of 2018, Ukraine hopes that China will approve shipments of eggs, poultry, honey, and berry products.
- From early to August 2017, China increased the number of certified Ukrainian dairy suppliers from 18 to 27, and approved beef imports. In August 2017, Ukraine stated it hoped that China would approve shipments of eggs, poultry, honey, and berry products by end of 2018.
- 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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