EU – Ukraine trade relations


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We are publishing this information on trade in goods between Ukraine and the European Union (EU) to mark the 20th EU – Ukraine summit, taking place in Brussels on 9 July.


EU Ukraine Key Figures 2017


Increase in EU trade with Ukraine in 2017

Ukraine is the 25th EU trading partner after Thailand and before Israel, accounting for slightly less than 1% of total extra-EU trade in goods in 2017.

After a significant decrease in 2009 following the peak of €25.2 bn registered in 2008, the value of EU exports of goods to Ukraine recovered until 2013. It then fell again to €14.0 bn in 2015, before growing again in 2016 to €16.6 bn, and last year to €20.2 bn.

Imports also recovered after 2009 to reach a peak of €15.2 bn in 2011, and then slightly decreased over the following years to €12.8 bn in 2015. Also imports rose again in 2016 to €13.2 bn year, and more visibly last year to €16.7 bn.


EU trade in goods with Ukraine, 2007 - 2017

The source dataset is accessible here.


Machinery and transport equipment contribute most to EU trade in goods with Ukraine

In 2017, the EU exported 7.6 billion worth of machinery and transport equipment to Ukraine, accounting for over one third of total exports (37%), followed by other manufactured goods (4.6 bn or 23%) and chemicals (4.0bn or 20%).

At the same time, EU imported 5.3 billion of other manufactured goods from Ukraine representing almost a third of total imports (32%), followed by raw materials (4.6 bn or 27%), and food & drinks (3.0 bn or 18%).


EU28 trade with Ukraine by main product, 2016 - 2017

The source dataset is accessible here.

Note: Products are classified according to the Standard international trade classification (SITC), Revision 4. Description of the aforementioned main categories is accessible here.


Germany and Poland largest EU traders with Ukraine

Among the EU Member States, Germany (€4.4 bn or 22% of EU exports of goods to Ukraine) and Poland (€4.3 bn or 21%) were by far the largest exporters to Ukraine in 2017, followed by Hungary (€2.1 bn or 10%), Italy (€1.4 bn or 7%) and the Czech Republic (€1.1 bn or 5%).

Italy (€2.5 bn or 15% of EU imports of goods from Ukraine) and Poland (€2.1 bn or 13%) were the largest importers from Ukraine in 2017, ahead of Germany (€1.7 bn or 10%), Hungary (€1.6 bn or 10%),and the Netherlands (€1.5 bn or 9%).

Fifteen EU Member States recorded a surplus in trade with Ukraine in 2017, with Germany (+€2.7 bn) and Poland (+€2.1 bn) continuing to have the largest surplus. In contrast, the largest deficits were observed in Italy (-€1.1 bn), Spain (-€0.9 bn) and the Netherlands (-€0.6 bn).

The source dataset is accessible here.


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