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Vitaliy Bashinsky, Deputy Chairman of State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine has said during the international conference "Reforming the Food Safety System in Ukraine: a Model for the Future" that Ukraine had shipped the first lot of export chicken meat to the European Union, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
He said Ukraine will soon be awarded Category "A" for the export of eggs to the European Union.
"We are working hard to get Category 'A' on export of eggs. There remains just a few unresolved issues which are already being finalized," Bashinsky said.
Government analysts say on Dec. 4, 2013 the European Commission allowed Ukraine to supply eggs and poultry meat to the European Union and included it in the list of third countries eligible to import poultry products to the EU. The resolution came into force on July 24, 2013 after the list of suppliers had been approved.
The following chicken farms have been authorized to supply chicken abroad: Mironovka Meat Processing Plant "Legko" and "Poultry Farm “Snyatynska Nova"(part of agricultural holding "Mironovka Bread Products"), as well as "Agromars."
The EU import authorization confirms the high quality of Ukrainian poultry and will automatically help increase the supply of Ukrainian poultry to other foreign markets. According to government analysts, the European legislation is one of the toughest in the field of food export permits. It took Ukraine's government almost four years of hard work to obtain import authorization.
Experts say that today we are shipping only a small batch of 18.5 tons of frozen chicken for processing. The vehicle with the chicken went to the Netherlands. By the end of 2013, it is expected that a similar license for exports to the EU will be given to the Ukrainian egg producers Avangardco and Ovostar Union.
So far, exports of chicken meat to the EU is a low-profit business, compared with other foreign supply, experts say. The duty is 32.5 euros per 100 kilograms of chilled poultry; 29.9 euros per 100 kilograms - for import of frozen poultry meat.
But the situation could change after the contract is signed about the EU Free Trade Zone, and quotas for duty-free trade will be issued, which will increase the markup of Ukrainian companies.
Experts note that the Free Trade Zone agreement suggests that Ukraine will be able to annually export to the EU up to 20,000 tons of chilled chicken meat and 20,000 tons of frozen poultry meat. At current prices, and with a duty-free license, the imports of poultry meat will bring in around 55-60 million USD.