In the current season, Ukraine has become the main wheat supplier to the Republic of South Africa, reports Bloomberg. Ukraine provided 23 percent of the country’s wheat import, which exceeded 1.2 million tons. Ukraine delivered to South Africa the most wheat in the week through September 13, 2013 – more than 53 thousand tons. This is the largest wheat import for South Africa since the week through March 29, 2013, when the country imported more than 56 thousand tons of the cereal from Brazil.
Ukraine is also one of the top wheat suppliers to Egypt. Just in July – September 2013, Ukraine sold more than 700 thousand tons to Egypt. Moreover, Ukraine is one of the top ten major wheat exporters in the world. In 2013-2014, Ukraine is set to increase wheat crop by 40 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Eastern European country could make it to number six in the global wheat exporter rating in 2013. Ukraine is also aiming to become third largest corn exporter and fourth largest barley exporter.
Ukrainian export ambition is to become the second largest grain exporter in the world following the U.S., stated the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Prysyazhnyuk on August 15, 2013. Ukraine expects to make it to the world’s top five grain exporters this year and hopes to get a 10 percent share of the global grain market, which is anticipated to reach 286 million tons in 2013.
Ukraine introduced new customs procedures for grain with its 2012 Customs Code. Following the new rules, phytosanitary and radiological certification is the only documentation Ukrainian grain exporters are now required to submit. This promotes free and unhindered grain export, reckons sector analyst Ruslan Shvets, Head of AgroNews, quotes latifundist.com. As a result of simplified export procedures, grain export from Ukraine increased by 24 percent since the start of the marketing year.
In 2013-2014 marketing year Ukraine plans to export the record 28 million tons of grain.