“In the first four months (September-December) of 2020/2021, 148.9 thousand tons (79% of the volume of 2020) were exported from Ukraine for $ 49.8 million ($ 334.4 per ton). Growth versus the corresponding period of 2019/2020 - 10.5 times, ”the message says.
It is noted that the main importers of Ukrainian sunflower are the EU countries, which imported more than 114 thousand tons of sunflower seeds from the 2020 harvest (an increase of 10.6 times). Among the EU countries, the largest volumes of sunflower were exported to Bulgaria – 101.9 thousand tons (an increase of 250 times over the corresponding period of the last marketing year) for $ 33.218 million ($ 326 per ton).
Analysts note that 29.825 thousand tons were exported to Turkey in September-December 2020/2021 (an increase of 57.6 times over the corresponding period of the last marketing year) for $ 6.37 million ($ 213.6 per ton).
“In the domestic market, prices for sunflower seeds in 2020/2021 began to grow sharply and at the end of 2020 reached $ 770-800 per ton. At the same time, its sale to oil-extracting enterprises is being held back, ”the article says.
It is reported that this is also one of the main features of the current marketing year, when domestic prices are twice or even three times higher than the prices at which sunflower seeds are exported.
“The rise in prices for sunflower seeds is usually influenced by external factors, in particular, the rise in prices for soybeans and oils on the world market, but prices on the domestic market are higher than world prices, and export prices are much lower than domestic and world ones,” the experts summed up.
Recall that by the end of 2020, the seaports of Ukraine handled 13.4 million tons of oilseeds and their products, which is 1.3 million tons (10.6%) higher than the volume of shipments in 2019.