In 2016 Ukraine imported 3.2 thous. tons of garlic that is 50% less compared to 2015 and is the lowest index for the last 8 years. The main supplier of this product to Ukraine is China whose share in the total structure ranges from 86 to 100% depending on the year. China is the largest player on the global market of garlic. Its share is 80% in the structure of world export.
The main reason for reduction of garlic import is devaluation of hryvnia against dollar making imported garlic less available to the Ukrainian consumer. Moreover, the domestic production is increasing and the necessity for imported product is lessening. Last year 187.8 thous tons of garlic were produced, more than 99% of which is produced at the population farms.
In 2016 Ukraine exported 195 tons of garlic that is the highest index for the last 6 years. The main market outlets for the Ukrainian products are Belarus (61%), Latvia (13%), Canada (11%). The average price of a ton of garlic for export is 1,467 USD/t.