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Full Access for U.S. Beef in Ukraine

On March 17, the FSIS Export Library for Ukraine was updated to reflect elimination of the export verification (EV) program for U.S. beef and beef products. This means exports to Ukraine are no longer limited to cattle less than 30 months of age, and that all federally inspected plants should be eligible to export to Ukraine. However, the “Plants Eligible to Export” section of the Export Library still specifies that an EV program is required for beef products, so USMEF is anticipating further updates to the Export Library to address this issue and to specify the production date on which the EV program is no longer in effect.

Exporters with questions about these changes may email Cheyenne McEndaffer or call 303-623-6328.

As recently as 2013, Ukraine was a $42 million market for imported beef, with import volume exceeding 15,000 metric tons (mt). But in 2015, with political turmoil and plunging energy prices negatively impacting Ukraine’s economy and the value of its currency, beef imports plunged to just 2,807 mt valued at $5.4 million – the lowest totals in more than a decade. Ukraine is also a net exporter of beef, with export volume reaching 32,885 mt last year, an increase of 48 percent compared to 2014. Most exports were bound for Russia, but other destinations included Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, Russia extended its food import embargo to include Ukraine, which may result in more Ukrainian beef remaining in the domestic market.