In 2020, Azerbaijan exported 32,000 tons of bitumen to Ukraine, which is 2.7 percent of the bitumen market of this country, Report informs referring to the Ukrainian media.

In 2020, the volume of bitumen supplied to the Ukrainian market for the year increased by 84.6 percent to 1.188 million tons, reads the message of the A-95 consulting group.

Thus, bitumen production at Ukrainian oil refineries increased by 50.3 percent and amounted to 329,700 tons. In 2019, this figure was 219,300 tons, with a greater part provided by the Kremenchuk refinery ‘Ukrtransnafta,’ which released 319,000 tons of products to the market.

The share of Ukrainian refineries was 27.6 percent, imports rose to 72.4 percent. Import amounted to 860,200 tons of bitumen, having doubled over the year – by 427,800 tons.

Belarus was the leading supplier of bitumen in 2020, from where 582,600 tons were supplied, a growth of 77 percent from 2019 (253,700 tons). Thus, Belarus retained half of the Ukrainian bitumen market (49 percent in 2020 versus 51 percent in 2019).

The volumes of Polish bitumen, which held 11 percent of the market (7 percent a year earlier), almost tripled – from 45,200 tons to 134,000 tons.

According to experts of the A-95 consulting group, the main event in the market in 2020 was the sea import of bitumen for the first time in the history of Ukraine.

Greece accounted for the biggest share in imports by supplying Ukraine with 35,600 tons of bitumen. Meanwhile, 32,000 tons were imported from Azerbaijan by sea, 31,100 tons from Turkey, 19,000 tons from Italy, and 10,300 tons of bitumen from Spain.