Uzbekistan, a major importer of Ukrainian white sugar, has suspended imports from the country, Ukraine’s sugar union Ukrtsukor said on Friday. According to the Association, Uzbekistan-bound sugar rae not being unloaded and is not undergoing customs clear. This situation was cuased with the ban on accepting goods from Ukraine, the statement says.
The head of the analytical department of UkrtSukor Ruslan Butilo added that this violates the provisions of the previously concluded deals.
“Taking into account that Uzbekistan was the main importer of Ukrainian sugar for the last six months, we can say that we are losing the main market,” Ukrtsukor official Ruslana Butylo said in a statement.
Ukraine exported 560,400 tonnes of white sugar in the 2017/18 season, including 209,900 tonnes to Uzbekistan.
Butylo said Uzbekistan had suspended custom clearance of Ukrainian cargoes without giving an explanation.
The agriculture ministry in Kiev said it could not immediately comment. Uzbekistan’s customs service also had no immediate comment.