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.


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.

Horus Group constantly buys at a high price and sells walnuts. For delivery, please, contact our walnut collection points. List and contacts see here. For detailed information call 068-500-43-09.


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 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.

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Walnut Mafia in Ukraine – reboot

Walnut exports is one of the most profitable businesses in Ukraine. Export opportunities for this product have not been fully realized in our country. The attractiveness of this business was estimated by the team and surroundings of the President of Ukraine V. Yanukovych.

In those days bogus firms were opened and began to buy the traders’ walnut at a lower price for further exports, and the size of the bribes at the customs were calculated at thousand dollars. In 2016, several firms became export leaders. They were created a couple of months before the start of work and registered on passports of residents of remote villages.

Has the situation changed? Now, officials and businessmen who have previously earned on illegal exports are engaged in the cultivation of walnut gardens. BusinessCensor has studied the data of customs statistics and made a list of companies that imported walnut seedlings for growing in Ukraine. To read more open the link:

Ukraine ranks first place in the export of walnut in Europe

142394Today Ukraine ranks first place in export of walnut in Europe. Also our country has entered the top-5 producers of this product in the world. It was reported by the press service of the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

However, there are some questions regarding the further development of the industry and exports.

This was discussed during a meeting between Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration, and representatives of UPO “Ukrainian Nut Association.”

“The development of production of niche products such as nuts are interesting for small and medium-sized producers, it is one of the priorities for the the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine today. We need to create cooperatives or clusters to develop industrial production and exports. Today production of nuts is fragmented by structure. This prevents both efficient access to foreign markets, and streamlining of the industry on the domestic market. Association of manufacturers can solve many of these issues, “- said Deputy Minister.

For their part, representatives of the Ukrainian Nut Association outlined major ways that will have impact on the nut business in Ukraine and export. In particular, these are development of modern processing technologies, implementation of quality preparation systems, preservation and marketing etc.


Today in Ukraine it is already planted more than 5,000 hectares of walnut, 600 hectares of hazelnut. In 2017 it’s planned to land 2,500 hectares of nut crops, including: walnut -1,520 hectares; hazelnuts – 890 hectares; almonds – 40 hectares. In 2016 exports amounted to 40,021.0 tons of nuts, the cost was $ 79,285.0 thousand, while the average price was $ 1,981.1. Imports totaled 1,921.0 tons, the cost – $ 13,563.0 thousand, while the average price was $ 7,060.4. The main exporting countries in 2016: Iraq – $ 13,107.0 thousand, Iran – $ 11,277.0 thousand, Greece – $ 5,457.0 thousand, Azerbaijan – $ 2,913.0 thousand, Belarus – $ 2,099.0 thousand.

Exporters of walnut have met the Prime Minister of Ukraine

A meeting with Vladimir Groisman has been held on 01 December 2016 at the Forum “FTA”, it’s reported on the website Since May 2016 regulation of walnut export is on special control of the Prime Minister of Ukraine. The main topic of the meeting was discussion of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine drafts of resolutions about  sequencing and detenization of walnut export market. Some of proposed measures have been considered positively by exporters, processors and representatives of the Ukrainian nut association, namely gain of phytosanitary control, inspection of production and issuing of a phytosanitary certificate. Participants of walnut market were strongly against the introduction of walnut licensing and export quotas.

For its part, the Prime Minister said that he doesn’t support the initiative of licensing and quotas, and offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance to develop a document that would allow walnut exporters to pay taxes faithfully for export.

 We hope that the dialogue between the authorities and participants of walnut market will have positive consequences: arrangements and   measures that will make the market of walnut processing transparent, with payment of taxes, with the return of foreign exchange earnings and the quality improvement of the product that’s exported to all countries of the world will be implemented.


Walnut schemes. How much is Ukraine losing on illegal export?

Ukraine is one of the leading suppliers of walnuts abroad; it ranks the fifth place in the world and the first place in Europe. It’s gathered about 100 thousand tons of walnuts in Ukraine annually.

In Europe the situation is radically different: there are no walnuts, so Europeans have to deliver them and buy at high rates.

That’s why there are many those who so desire to make on nuts and those who want to do this bypassing laws and dodging taxes. Nut wars between exporters and government officials are frequent phenomena that plagues ordinary Ukrainians.

As Ukraine is losing not only millions of dollars, but the prospective partners abroad, watch the report of the Channel 2+2 “How much is Ukraine losing on illegal export? Top Secret”

“Walnut prices in Ukraine have raised this year, 2016”, interviewing Serhiy Hvozdyk, Horus Group CEO by the portal.


The portal has interviewed Serhiy Hvozdyk, Horus Group CEO and discussed the current situation on the walnut market in Ukraine in the 2016-2017 season once again.

According to Serhiy, the walnut season is at its peak, the walnuts have been already cropped and all the price anticipations shared in his previous interview were proved. Thus, the purchase price started from 12 grivnas per kilo of walnuts at the very beginning of the season. It is  approaching  22 grivnas per kilo now.

Horus Group CEO specified the peculiarities of purchase price making as to shelled walnuts, price anticipations in 2016, walnut quality and property influencing the price and the conditions of walnut storage.

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