Exports of furniture from Ukraine increased by approx. 43% in 2021
Ukraine exported furniture worth almost $1 billion in January-November 2021, which is 43% more than in the same period last year, according to Oksana Donska, head of the cluster platform of the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers.
Compared to previous periods, this result of Ukrainian furniture industry is an absolute record, and it is 14 times more than the neighbouring Poland, a country with the same forest resources and human capital of Ukraine.
In the opinion of Oksana Donska, in order to increase the production and export of furniture, Ukraine, first of all, needs a transparent and stable market for raw materials, clustering (association of furniture makers based on industrial parks), as well as a trilateral partnership of business, education and authorities in personnel training.
Today the leader is China, which exports furniture dozens of times more than Germany, which ranks second, Poland is third. That is, we want to catch up with Poland and Germany, exporting furniture for at least $14 billion. Today, Ukraine exports furniture to 199 countries of the world, and more than half goes to Germany and Poland, but for re-export. And today we have every opportunity to enter the direct markets for the sale of our products.Oksana Donska, head of the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers
Within the framework of the strategy being developed, Ukrainian furniture makers set a task to enter the top 10 furniture exporters in the next 10 years.
Ukraine has all the prospects in the next 10 years to increase it by 5 times. Today Belgium, Austria, Canada, Denmark, the United States, France have already invested in the furniture industry – that is, the world leaders trust us and open their enterprises.Oksana Donska, head of the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers
The amount of foreign investments in the furniture industry over the past 5-8 years has exceeded EUR1 billion.
According to President of the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers Volodymyr Patis, attracting further investments will allow to create an additional 200,000 jobs during this time.
In the furniture industry, the quality of the workplace is changing a lot: there is a rethinking, automation, and today workers have a fairly high salary, which already competes with salaries in Poland.Volodymyr Patis, President of the Ukrainian Association of Furniture Manufacturers