Ukraine lifts barriers to exports of some farm goods

Export licence requirements for live cattle, frozen beef, chicken, eggs lifted
calendar icon 17 May 2023
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Ukraine has removed barriers to the export of some agricultural commodities, imposed last year to prevent food shortages, in a bid to boost foreign currency income, Reuters reported, citing its government on Tuesday.

The country introduced export licences in 2022 to protect food supplies after agricultural production was hit by Russia's invasion. While licensing did not ban exports, it made them much more difficult.

The government said it would lift the requirement for export licences for live cattle, frozen cattle meat, chicken meat, eggs, rye, oats, millet and some other commodities.

It said via the Telegram messaging app that the resolution was developed in response to numerous requests from associations, and would "help to optimise agricultural exports and increase foreign exchange earnings for Ukraine".

The decision would not affect supply to the domestic market, the government said. Ukraine is a major producer of poultry meat and exporter of grain and cereals.

The European Union on May 2 set restrictions on imports of Ukrainian wheat, maize, rapeseed and sunflower seed to ease excess supply to Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Those states last week called for the curbs to be extended.

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