Ukraine increased its exports to China during the first two months of this year by 44% yoy,

 Taras Kachka, Ukraine’s Trade Representative, said after meeting with China’s ambassador Fan Xiangong. Overall, Ukraine’s trade rose 18%, to $2.5 billion, with China, the nation’s largest trading partner. One focus of the meeting was to expand the access of Ukrainian food product to the Chinese market. Food accounts for 53% of Ukraine’s exports to China, reports Ukraine’s Economy Ministry.

Ukraine could double and even triple grain exports to China,

said Mykola Gorbachev, the President of the Ukrainian Grain Association after signing a cooperation agreement with China’s Association of Small and Medium Enterprises. Noting that Ukraine already has exported 10 million tons of grain to China since June, he said: “Today, the lion’s share of grain exports to China is corn and barley.” The next step is to sign bilateral sanitary agreements with China for “wheat, sorghum, peas and other crops,” he said. The two groups agreed to establish a Sino-Ukrainian Council

“Exports to China continue to grow at a crazy rate” – up 55% yoy

, Kachka wrote. Other increases for the first quarter of 2021 were: EU +18% and Poland +16%. With regards to Turkey, Ukraine registered a $260 million trade surplus. Kachka wrote: “The main driving force of exports is ore and ferrous metals, for which both prices and demand are rising.  This trend will continue.”

With food accounting for most of Ukraine’s exports to China, Ukraine is negotiating to open China to 15 new farm products from Ukraine,

Vladyslava Magaletskaya, Ukraine’s Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service, wrote on Facebook after meeting with China’s Ambassador Fan Xiangzhong. The list includes: honey, cherries, apple, peas, fish products, wheat, barley and animal feed.