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EU imposes import duties on Ukrainian eggs again

June 20, 2024 - Matthijs Bremer

The European Union is once again imposing import duties on Ukrainian eggs. The brake mechanism is activated as the maximum import quantity previously determined has been reached.

To support Ukraine after the invasion by Russia, the EU suspended its import duties on, among other things, agricultural products. In April, this provision was extended, but a brake mechanism was introduced for products exported by Ukraine in large volumes. Ukrainian imports of products such as eggs, wheat, and poultry meat may not exceed the average of the first half of 2021, 2022, and 2023. This limit has been exceeded this week.

Egg imports were about six times higher in 2023 than before the war. Before the war, egg imports from Ukraine were roughly between 300 and 800 tons per month. Since the invasion of Ukraine, it has been between 1,600 tons and 5,000 tons per month. The import increased from 6,700 tons in 2021 to over 40,000 tons in 2023 per year.

Also import duties on oats
It is the second time that the brake mechanism has been triggered. On Tuesday, the European Union announced that the import of oats exceeds the agreed volume of 4,000 tons. Ukraine has also banned the export of sugar to the EU as the maximum volume has already been reached. In addition, Ukraine has set a quota to prevent the country from exporting too much poultry meat.

Matthijs Bremer

Matthijs Bremer is a market specialist in pork, beef, and poultry meat at DCA Market Intelligence. He also monitors the protein transition, keeping an eye on developments in cultured meat and meat substitutes.
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