Ukrainian private companies are considering an increase in their crop exports to Iran despite payment problems due to international sanctions against Tehran, Ukraine’s agriculture minister said.
“Iran’s Deputy Economy Minister visited Kyiv some time ago and we are considering increasing the shipments. It is not the government, but private companies,” Mykola Prysyazhnyuk said this week.
The minister said that such shipments by private companies are already under way. Private companies control more than 80% of the overall Ukrainian grain exports, although their share is due to decrease in the coming season as state-controlled companies plan to boost their grain exports.
The minister said future Ukrainian exports to Iran might include nine types of food commodities, including grain, flour and sunflower oil.
Ukraine, a leading exporter of sunflower oil, maize, wheat and barley, exported 155,500 tonnes of barley, 2,835 tonnes of millet, 92,580 tonnes of sunflower oil and 155,200 tonnes of maize to Iran so far for the 2012/13 July-June season, according to data from analyst UkrAgroConsult.
“We see Iran as the market for many types of food, not only for grain,” Prysyazhnyuk said.
Ukraine exported 1.7 million tonnes of maize, 117,800 tonnes of barley and 148,000 tonnes of sunoil to Iran in 2011/12.