Export of mustard seeds from Ukraine: geography of foreign trade and main exporting companies

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The expansion of production of niche crops at the current stage of development of agricultural markets looks like one of the most rational options for increasing the efficiency of Ukrainian farmers.

Unlike the most common crops, niche markets are often characterized by relatively stable and relatively high prices. In addition, Ukrainian farmers have a geographically close European market, which is characterized by a potential high demand for such products. However, this possible geography of sales is not limited.
In particular, the seeds of Ukrainian mustard are a predominantly export crop and have a fairly stable external demand. So, as a result of July-March MY 2016/17, 35% of external shipments of such products were to Germany, which is traditionally the key importer in this segment (38.7% of shipments in the same period of the last season).
The list of other major importing countries of mustard seeds of Ukrainian origin hasn"t changed much. It should be noted that although European countries are the predominant export destination, a large share of foreign trade sales falls on Bangladesh (12% in July-March MY 2016/17 and 13% in the same period of the previous season).

TOP-5 key importing countries of mustard seeds of Ukrainian origin

2016/17 (July-March)

2015/16 (July-March)

Importer

Share

Importer

Share

Germany

35,0%

Germany

38,7%

Poland

15,3%

Bangladesh

12,7%

Bangladesh

11,9%

Poland

10,3%

The Netherlands

8,8%

The Netherlands

8,5%

Czech Republic

4,0%

Switzerland

5,1%

Other

25,0%

Other

24,8%

The export of mustard seeds from Ukraine is rather poorly concentrated. First of all, this state of affairs is due to the fact that companies usually do not focus their business activity on work with a particular type of niche crops. However, in the particular period under review, the largest company-exporter was FRUIT WORLD UKRAINE LLC.

TOP-5 key exporters of mustard seeds of Ukrainian origin

2016/17 (September-March)

2015/16 (September-March)

Exporter

Доля

Exporter

Доля

FRUIT WORLD UKRAINE LLC

9,5%

FRUIT WORLD UKRAINE LLC

14,6%

Agrotech Vnt

8,2%

Hors Group

8,8%

Ukragrotrading-Export

5,3%

Melagrain

4,8%

Syaivo

5,3%

Demetra-Agro

4,1%

Demetra-Agro

5,1%

Mineraliz

3,7%

Other

66,6%

Other

64%