Walnut harvest 2018. Ukraine – 3rd place in the world

In Ukraine this year more than 120 thousand tons of walnut were collected. By volume of gross collection – this is the third place in the world after China and the United States.

It is noted on the AgroPortal website to receive a harvest almost a quarter more than last year thanks to favorable weather conditions and an increase in nut trees.

Producers will not be able to get big profits this year. Procurement prices have fallen by one third compared to last year. Now a kilo of walnuts in the capital market can be bought for 130 UAH. But buyers are few – complaining traders.

“Many entrepreneurs consider it very profitable to grow this culture. Last year, the area of ​​walnut gardens, namely walnut, was 18.3 thousand hectares. This year the area has grown somewhere by 3% – to 18.9 thousand hectares “, – said the analyst of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation Nelya Onishchenko.

But while growing on an industrial scale in Ukraine gives only 14% of the harvest, but the lion’s share is given by private peasant farms.

For its good quality, Ukrainian walnut is usually highly valued abroad, particularly in the EU, Turkey and the Middle East. However, due to trade wars between the United States and China, export restrictions, walnuts from the Middle East have flooded the European market. Competition with cheap imports is Kazakhstan and Moldova. Therefore, world purchasing prices have fallen to $ 5 per kilogram. However, according to experts, since the new year, the cost of this product will traditionally begin to grow.

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Export of Ukrainian walnuts 2018

Ukraine in the first 10 months of 2018 sharply increased the export of walnuts. Export earnings for this period amounted to $ 77.3 million and increased by 77% compared to the same period last year. Exports to Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey increased most dramatically, according to analysts from EastFruit.

Turkey for the specified period became the largest importer of walnut kernels from Ukraine, having bought products for $ 9.3 million or 2.6 thousand tons. Thus, Turkey increased purchases of nuts from Ukraine in January-October 2018 by 5.5 times. Accordingly, Turkey pushed France to the second place, which bought walnut kernels from Ukraine for $ 8.5 million.

See also: Ukraine has increased walnut exports by 18% thanks to an earlier start of the season

We also note the growth of exports of nuts from Ukraine to Bulgaria by 4.5 times over the specified period and from Ukraine to Romania almost seven times. Thus, Bulgaria in the rating of buyers of the kernel of a walnut from Ukraine took the sixth place, and Romania – the 11th. Among the countries that had previously almost not imported the kernel of a walnut, and in 2018 began to buy significant amounts, were also the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Of the largest importers of walnut kernels from Ukraine, it is quite significant – doubled exactly, Greece, which ranked third, after France, increased its imports. Holland took the fourth place, having increased the import of walnut from Ukraine by 2.7 times. Iraq remained fifth, but reduced purchases by 4% in terms of value.


Walnuts yields in Ukraine – expectation of walnut producers

According to Agroinsider In the current season, the harvest of walnuts in Ukraine will grow to 132 thousand tons, or 22% compared with last year, the USDA forecasts. According to the calculations of the agency, the export of this product will also increase – by 15% to last year’s level, to 90 thousand tons.

Such a significant increase in yields is due to much more favorable weather conditions compared to last year. The head of the cooperative “Nut of the Black Sea Coast” Pavel Tulba explained that the frosts in early May-2017 occurred just during the flowering period of walnut, which led to a decrease in last year’s harvest. “This year this did not happen, so the harvest will be greater,” he said.

However, manufacturers should be prepared for difficulties with sales. In particular, the head of the sales department of Horus Group Dmitry Ivanov noted that in Turkey, which is one of the five largest buyers of Ukrainian walnut, demand may drop sharply. The reason is the devaluation of the Turkish lira, which has more than halved from March to September this year, respectively, import goods for the Turks have become much more expensive. “As of now, Turkey has received far fewer requests for nuts,” he stated.

Nevertheless, Dmitry Ivanov expects that the export of Ukrainian walnut will decrease insignificantly because of problems in Turkey, since its purchase volumes are not pricing. Other major buyers remain on the global market – the EU, Azerbaijan and Russia, buying Ukrainian walnut through Belarus.

Pavel Tulby has more cautious forecasts. According to him, Turkey occupies 80% of the market of imported nuts, and is really not ready to buy them in the former volumes. In addition, very much reduce consumption and other countries that were traditional buyers of walnuts from Ukraine – Iran, Iraq, Syria. The reason is the decrease in the purchasing power of the population. “They have a culture of consuming nuts – every Muslim eats a large number of them. But if in the best of times he bought 30 kg of nuts a year, now – only 5 kg, because the nut – this is not a product of first necessity, but rather a laxter segment. With the fall of the well-being of citizens, nuts are the first thing they refuse to do, “he said.

In addition, noted Tulba, the world’s walnut market operates the two largest players with huge volumes of production – the US and China. According to him, in California this year the harvest will be almost 1 million tons, in China – more than 1 million tons. “The market is already experiencing overproduction of nuts, and the price for them has been steadily falling for the last 4-5 years,” he said. In particular, if last year the Ukrainian walnut in the shell cost 1 dollar per kg, today in Uzbekistan the price for fresh walnut is only 25 cents / kg. “I think that in the Ukrainian market it will cost 25-30 cents per kg before the end of the year,” he predicted.

In Ukraine, the overwhelming majority of walnuts are collected by the population on personal plots or in the surrounding areas, while the share of production by specialized enterprises is low. Nevertheless, according to USDA estimates, this ratio is changing in favor of industrial collection: the share of “home-grown” supplies decreased from 84% in 2016 to 74% in 2017, and will continue to decline due to the growing interest in commercial production.

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Analysis of Turkish walnut market

Horus Group is a reliable partner. We guarantee transparent terms of cooperation, high quality of goods and an individual approach to work with each customer.

Our company has a practical experience in supplying goods to Turkey with a full production cycle – product preparation, customs clearance, delivery organization. Read the feedback from Rempa company, which learnt about the excellent quality of our service and products by its own experience. Specially for Turkish buyers, we added analysis of Turkish walnut market. You can acquaint with it in the attachment.

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Innovations in the system of quality and safety of food products in Ukraine

A fairly large part of the Association Agreement with the EU is devoted to the safety of food products and sanitary and phytosanitary measures. Now Ukrainians are waiting for enaction of a number of bills that will cover the entire scope of the food safety system, including the walnut industry. Ukraine has to implement more than 250 acts of the EU in national legislation. At the moment, several basic system laws have already been enacted that form the basis for reform.

In accordance with the Association Agreement, a European model of safety control is based on the principle of “from the lawn to the table” and should be introduced in Ukraine. It involves control at all stages of the production and circulation of food products. It is necessary to take into account and documented the conditions under which foodstuffs are produced and transported, what package it enters and how it is stored on the shelves of the stores. The European system is organized in such a way as to quickly detect and remove a dangerous product from circulation and promptly eliminate the cause of the problem.

Also, legislation provides for the gradual transition of food manufacturers to the mandatory use of HACCP procedures, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, a system for analyzing hazardous factors and control at critical points. It is based on the organization of processes in the production and sale of products in such a way as to control all factors that can spoil the product. These procedures will necessarily be phased in Ukraine in all enterprises that produce food products with unprocessed animal ingredients, confectionery, juices and all small businesses.

Another innovation on the way to the EU standards was the creation in April 2016 of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, which replaced several controlling bodies that often duplicated each other’s functions. In 2017, the key to this service was the Law “On state control, carried out in order to verify compliance with the legislation on food and feed, animal health and welfare” was approved. It will come into force in April 2018 and increases the responsibility of manufacturers and businessmen for the safety of food products, introduces the principle of checking production without warning, and expands the grounds for unscheduled arrival to production.

The Association Agreement not only changes the quality of products for Ukrainian consumers, but also opens for our producers a huge market for the European Union. Together, all this should create an effective European food safety system in Ukraine, focusing on protecting the health and interests of consumers. In short, not only the number of goods bearing the words “Made in Ukraine” in stores abroad will increase, first of all, by ourselves, buying food, we will have much less reason for excitement.

Source: http://www.eurointegration.com.ua/articles/2018/01/19/7076303/

Turkey lowered the import duty on Ukrainian nuts from 43% to 15%

From January 1, 2018, the Turkish Republic lowered the import duty for Ukrainian walnuts from 43% to 15%. The value of the basic customs value, which was approved on September 23, 2017 (look the article on our web-site The rise in the import duty of walnuts in Turkey by 94% from September 23, 2017), remains unchanged at 3.5$ for in-shell walnuts and 6.5$ for walnut kernels. The customs clearance rate now stands at 15% of the greater: “contract value of the goods” or “basic customs value”.

That is: let’s say, in-shell walnuts are exported from Ukraine for the price 1.79$/kg “CIF Turkey, Istanbul”

  • From January 1, 2018, the import duty is: 3.5$ (the basic customs value, because 3.5$ is more than the contract value of the goods 1.79$) * 15% = 0.53$, that is, the walnut price with the customs clearance in Turkey will be 2.32$/kg (1.79$ the walnut price + 0.53$ the import duty).
  • By January 1, 2018, the import duty on this same lot would be: 3.5$ (the basic customs value) * 43% = 1.51$. The cost of 1 kg of walnut with allowance for the customs clearance was 3.30$/kg (1.79$ the walnut price + 1.51$ the import duty).

Thus, the cost of 1 kg of  in-shell walnuts at the customs clearance in Turkey decreased by 0.98$ or 42.2%.

Reducing of import duties loweres the tax burden for Turkish walnut buyers and provides the opportunity to purchase a quality Ukrainian product at more affordable prices.

We invite buyers from Turkey to cooperate!

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A monument to walnut was opened in Dnipropetrovsk region

On October 21, in Voloske, the village in Dnipropetrovsk region, a grand opening of a creative monument to walnut was held.

The opening of this unusual memorial, which height is about three meters, has gathered quite a lot of spectators: adults and children came to see the walnut.

This product really deserves its own monument. Since ancient times, the tree, on which the fruits of this nut grew, for its amazing medicinal qualities is called “a tree of life”. The fruits consist of almost 75% of fats and 15% of proteins. The rest 10% belong to fatty acids and oils, which include such well-known and essential elements for human health as carotene, phosphorus, iron, iodine, calcium, sodium, magnesium, copper, essential oils, tannins, vitamins B, A, PP, N, E, S.

In folk medicine kernels, leaves, butter of nut seeds and even bark of walnut tree are used widely. Walnut is a nutritious product that has a beneficial effect on the work of the heart, kidneys and the brain. It strengthens immunity, improves mental activity, helps the human body to fight aging effectively.

Useful properties of walnut are large and varied. This is a very valuable product that was presented to us by mother nature.

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The rise in the import duty of walnuts in Turkey by 94% from September 23, 2017

“From September 23, 2017, the Ministry of Economy of Turkey, introduced some new rules for calculating the import duty of walnuts, cashews and almonds in order to protect and support the national producer,” Hürriyet, Turkish news agency is reported.

This information is also published in the official Gazette of the Ministry of Economy of Turkey.

So, starting from September 23, 2017, the “basic customs value” for the whole import of in-shell walnuts per kilogram has increased from 1.8$ to 3.5$. For shelled walnuts, the “basic customs value” has grown from 5.4$ to 6.5$. The customs clearance rate remains unchanged, and makes up 43% of the greater: either of “value of the goods” or “basic customs value”.

That is: let’s say, in-shell walnuts are exported from Ukraine for the value 1.55$/kg CIF Turkey.

  • From September 23, 2017, the import duty is: 3.5$ (base customs value) *43% = 1.5$, that is, the walnut price with the customs clearance in Turkey will be: 1.55$+1.5$ = 3.05$/kg
  • By September 23, 2017, the import duty for the same lot was: 1.8$ (base customs value) *43% = 0.77 $, to wit the cost of clearance has increased almost twice. The total value of the lot would be 2.32$/kg (1.55$+1.8$*43%).

Similar changes, but less cardinal, concerns shelled walnuts: the “base customs value” has increased from 5.4$ to 6.5$.

Does this have an impact on the Ukrainian market for walnut? Certainly.
80% of Ukrainian in-shell walnuts are exported to Turkey.

Accordingly, such a abrupt jump of the import duty in Turkey will have an impact on the demand of Turkish buyers in Ukraine and, accordingly, the price of  in-shell walnuts in Ukraine.


The walnut market 2017/18 in Ukraine through the eyes of walnut purchasers

At the beginning of 2017 walnut harvest season resentatives of Horus Group met with the staff of Orehovod.com to discuss the trends of the walnut market, expectations and forecasts.

According to Serhiy Hvozdyk, the head of the company “Horus Group”, in the season 2017/2018, experts expect the global (world) walnut capacity at the level of the previous season. In Ukraine, in spite of freezing in the central regions, the walnut harvest is expected to reach 110 thousand tons, which is 40% higher than the volume of 2016, therefore the deficit of in-shell and shelled walnuts is not expected in the domestic market.

Ruslan Makar, the head of the south-eastern region of Ukraine, “Horus Group”, told about the dynamics of world prices and prices at the Ukrainian walnut market.

You can read the full version of the article at: http://bit.ly/horusarticle201709