Ukraine's postal service adapts to surge in demand from China
Kate Baklitskaya in Kyiv
Lockdowns have meant boom times for delivery services all over the world and Ukraine, where more than two-thirds of deliveries come from China, has been no exception.
Online sales jumped 40 percent in 2020, supercharged by a decision to allow tax-free imports up to a value of $120. That helped increase total trade between Ukraine and China by 21 percent, even as the pandemic curbed business demand.
"Chinese goods are very important for Ukrainian customers and clients: during the past COVID-19 year, the volume of items from China increased," Yulia Pavlenko, director of the International Operations Department of Ukraine's postal service, JSC Ukrposhta, told CGTN Europe.
Her company has formed alliances with Chinese businesses such as AliExpress, Cainiao, Joom, Wish and Gearbest to improve the speed of deliveries. In some cases, that has involved chartering flights to cope with the surge in demand.
Still, as many Ukrainians still choose to pick up deliveries at central post offices, they have had to negotiate some large lines. Pavlenko says the service is working to make home delivery more attractive.