In 2018, the EU imported a total of 3,3 million tonnes of organic agri-food produce, of which 57% was in the form of commodities and 35% as other primary products. 

Looking within the product classes, "tropical fruit, fresh or dried, nuts and spices" is the first imported category (24% with 793.597 tonnes) followed by cereals that at aggregate level represent 22% with 715.578 tonnes of the total imports, oil cakes (11% with 352.043 tonnes ), fruit and vegetables (9% with 295.222 tonnes) and oilseeds (6% with 192.927 tonnes). 

The EU sources its organic agri-food imports widely, with a total of 115 countries registering exports to the EU. In volume terms, China is the biggest supplier of organic agri-food products to the EU, with 415.243 tonnes of produce, that is, 12.7% of the total. Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Ukraine and Turkey each have an 8% share of the market.

However, in terms of value, Peru and China represent ex-aequo the first suppliers of the EU, with a share of 7.8% each, followed by Turkey and Dominican Republic (6.8%). Ukraine does not make it into the top-10 here. This shows that there is still enough room for Ukraine to exploit the potential for value-added processed products.

Source: European Commission

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