Ukrainian ore mining enterprises increased export of iron ore in physical volumes by 10.7% to 22.680 million tons in January-July 2013, compared with the corresponding period of 2012, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reports, citing customs statistics published by the Ministry of Revenue and Duties.
Foreign-currency earnings from export of iron ore increased by 10.3% to USD 2.147 billion in the first seven months of the year. Iron ore was exported mainly to China, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
Imports of iron ore into Ukraine totaled 1.755 million tons in January-July 2013, which is 17.4% more than the imports in January-July 2012. In monetary terms, import of iron ore increased by 2.1% to USD 145.4 million. Iron ore was imported mainly from Russia.
As reported, Ukrainian ore mining enterprises increased export of iron ore in physical volumes by 2.8% to 35.138 million tons in 2012 but the monetary value of the exports reduced by 17.3% to USD 3.132 billion, compared with 2011. Imports of iron ore into Ukraine totaled 2.888 million tons worth USD 252.1 million in 2012.
Ukraine practically preserved production of iron ore at the level of 2011 (79.814 million tons) but increased production of iron-ore concentrate by 1% to 66.379 million tons in 2012. In addition, production of prepared iron ore raw materials increased by 1% to 64.852 million tons, including sinter by 1% to 42.539 million tons, and production of pellets remained unchanged at 22.313 million tons.