Over the past three years Ukraine increased its exports of snails. In 2013 Ukrainian producers exported 3 tonnes of shellfish, in 2014 – 58 t, in 2015 – 260 tons, but for the first 10 months of this year exported 347 tonnes, according to Ukrainian club of agrarian business.
For comparison, during 10 months of the year 2016 for the border was set only 51 tons of Ukrainian fat and lamb – 9 tons.
Shellfish Ukrainian buy so far, only two countries, Romania (25%) and Lithuania (75%), and their share may vary considerably due to the small volume of exports. For example, in 2015, the trend was the opposite: in Romania, Ukraine supplied 3/4 volume, and in Lithuania – 1/4.
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Ukrainian snails are exported as raw material, and on average they cost 5 times cheaper than the finished product. The average price of a kilogram of products is $1/kg. In these countries the production gets chilled, processed and again exported, but at a price average of $6.5/kg from Romania and $5.5/kg from Lithuania. End-consumer countries, mainly France, Hungary, Italy and Poland.
On the contrary, Belarus is the most grown shellfish sends directly to the final consumers France, Hungary and the Czech Republic, and only a small part of exports to Lithuania and Romania. The average price for 1 kg of the Belarusian export of snails is $3.5.