Grape Imports on the Rise this Season

The volume of fresh grapes imported by Russia has slightly increased in the first seven months of 2018, as reported by EastFruit analysts, citing data from the International Trade Center (ITC).

Thus, the volume imported in January-July 2018 reached 105 thousand tons, which is the highest figure for this period since 2014 and is 2.4% higher than the volume recorded in the same months of 2017.

The key suppliers of fresh grapes to Russia during this period were India, Chile and Turkey. India supplied about a quarter of the total volume of fresh grapes imported by Russia in the first seven months of 2018, and the shares of Chile and Turkey were 16% and 17%, respectively.

In any case, it is worth noting that the majority of fresh grape imports into Russia take place towards the end of the year. In the first seven months, only about a third of the annual supply volume is imported. Therefore, it is still too early to judge what the general prospects for this year’s entire grape import season will be. However, given the results so far, the final volume is likely to be at least as good as last year’s. The return of Turkish grapes in the Russian market in June 2017 is mostly to thank for this.

It is worth recalling that before the introduction of the ban on imports (in January 2016), Turkey was a key supplier of fresh grapes to Russia and exported about half of the total volume purchased annually by Russian importers. To be precise, Turkey’s share of Russian grape imports in 2014 and 2015 stood at 48% and 51%, respectively.

Price of Apples for Processing Continues to Fall

According to EastFruit analysts, the prices paid for apples intended for processing into apple juice and concentrate have fallen significantly last week. As the harvest has continued in domestic farms and the industrial apple supply from Belarus has increased, prices have been declining almost daily.

While early in the previous week prices stood at $ 0.12 per kg, by Friday they had dropped to $ 0.10-0.09 per kg. Local producers are reacting to the price dynamics faster than the suppliers of Belarusian apples, so their sales are going much faster. At the moment, processors have already ceased to buy apples for more than $ 0.09 per kg. Also, some processors have started to demand a more substantial delay in the payments for the apples supplied to them.

Nevertheless, even such a price is still almost twice as high as that currently paid to producers in Moldova, Poland and Ukraine. Moreover, in these countries, the delay in the payments already exceeds 60 days. Some growers even doubt that processors will fully pay what they were promised, given the threat of a huge supply of concentrate.

Under these conditions, Russian industrial apple processors will also have a hard time selling finished products, because almost all the countries mentioned above and even Belarus are preparing to produce record quantities of apple concentrate.

How to Change the Life of Russians Due to the Increase in VAT

Due to the weakening of the ruble and is scheduled for 2019, raising the value added tax (VAT) may increase the prices of many goods.

Prices of clothing and footwear in Russia in 2019 may increase by 5-20% due to the weakening of the ruble and the rise in the rate of value added tax (VAT) to 20%.

Now in Russia there are three VAT rates: 0%, 10% and primary by 18%. A zero rate is levied on many kinds of transport services. Preferential 10% are the producers of the food basket (meat, milk, flour, bread, fish), children’s clothes and food, books and printed materials, medical products and medicines. All other categories of goods are at the basic rate, it is something next year and will increase by 2%. Thus, more expensive clothes and shoes, household appliances and electronics, automobiles, furniture, alcohol and tobacco products, gasoline, entertainment, trips, apartments, and housing services.

According to experts, clothing and footwear in the budget segment will rise by 5-10%, and premium — and more by 10-20%.

Pricing in the fashion sector is highly dependent on the exchange rate. With the weakening of the ruble and the rise in VAT, the cost of collections will inevitably increase, and hence the prices will also increase by 5-10%. As for pricing Western brands — it is entirely dependent on currency fluctuations, the Russian manufacturers can reduce the dependence from the course, placing orders to domestic factories, but the fabric still has to import.

The tax increase will hit the market in digital technology. Specialists of the information-analytical Agency TelecomDaily has estimated that prices for equipment will increase by about 5%, while the cost increase will manifest itself in one or two months after the introduction of the new tax. So, if before a decent fridge can be bought for 30 thousand rubles, now the price would be added for at least 1.5 thousand.

Real estate market analysts have warned that after the VAT increase the cost of construction projects will increase by 2-3%. Some experts call the more depressing figures: +10%.

The furniture is too expensive, according to the forecasts of market participants — 1-2%, although some time in the shops will be sold at the old prices previously paid for the furniture.

Russia and China to Reduce Use of US Dollar

Moscow and Beijing plan to use their own national currencies more often in trade deals, said Russian President Putin on Tuesday. “The Russian and Chinese sides confirmed their interest in using national currencies more actively in reciprocal payments,” he said at a joint news briefing with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping after talks at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in the Russian city of Vladivostok.

Putin said this would “increase the stability of banks’ servicing export and import operations while there are ongoing risks on global markets.”

Russia is increasingly looking to China for investment after a sharp decline in relations with the West after the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

China is seeking allies amid growing criticism of its militarization of the South China Sea and continued accusations of human rights breaches and unfair trade practices.

President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that Russia and China should work together to oppose trade protectionism and what he called unilateral approaches to international problems.

Uzbekistan: Exports of Tomatoes to Russia Tripled

Russia increased imports of tomatoes from Uzbekistan in the first half of 2018. Imports of tomatoes increased to about 410,000 MT; 17% more than in the same period of 2017.

At the same time, Uzbekistan increased the export of fresh tomatoes to Russia by three times during the reporting period.

For the first six months of 2018, as many as 14,500 MT of Uzbek tomatoes reached the Russian market. This amount accounts for about 3.5% of total imports of these products to the country. A year earlier, Uzbekistan’s share in the supply of tomatoes to the Russian market in the first half of the year was 1.3%.

According to East-Fruit analysts, the main advantage of Uzbekistan is the opportunity to supply inexpensive tomatoes from unheated greenhouses covered with film already in May, when the prices for tomatoes in Russia are still very high. reports how at this time, there is a local tomato from heated greenhouses, as well as greenhouse products from Turkey, Iran, Morocco and Armenia in the Russian market.

AgroFoodDrinkTech Expo Georgia 2018

AgroFoodDrinkTech Expo

November 20 – 22, 2018

Expo Georgia Exhibition Center, Tbilisi, Georgia

AgroFoodDrinkTech Expo, 18th international exhibition for agricultural, food and drink products, packaging and processing equipment. Event provides ideal opportunity for the providers of the agricultural products, technologies and services to meet with Georgian farmers, enterprises and state representatives, exchange valuable information and negotiate agreements.

The aim of exhibition is to introduce consumer to various products and services, connect with each other variety of businesses, which get better chance to succeed in the future as a result of these partnerships, also to introduce Georgian market to foreign officials, who are looking for partners for the distribution of their products in Georgia.

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Indagra Food Romania 2018

  Indagra Food

  October 31 – November 4, 2018

  Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania

Indagra Food – International trade fair for the food industry – represents the most important advertising platform for the companies in this field. It represents an efficient networking and information platform, the ideal framework for presenting novelties, products and services in the food industry and establishing new business contacts and contracts.

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WorldFood Kazakhstan 2018

WorldFood Kazakhstan 

October 31 – November 2, 2018

Atakent exhibition center, Almaty, Kazakhstan

WorldFood Kazakhstan is a wide-ranging exhibition, showcasing the very best products on Kazakhstan’s food and drink market. The event has become a major meeting place for the industry, welcoming thousands of visitors from Kazakhstan and the wider Central Asian region.

WorldFood Kazakhstan has proved an effective forum for promoting new products, discovering more about the local market and meeting professionals within the industry, including producers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and restaurateurs.

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Tallinn Food Fest 2018

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October 25-27, 2018

Tallinn, Estonia

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More Than 180,000 MT of Vegetables Harvested in Krasnodar Territory

In the Krasnodar Territory, more than 180,000 MT of open field and greenhouse vegetables were harvested from the beginning of 2018. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.

“According to current data, vegetables have already been harvested from almost 20,000 hectares, with a yield of 124,600 MT. This is at the same levels of the previous year. Harvesting of vegetables of sheltered cultivation has continued; since the beginning of the year their gross yield is 59,000 MT. This is 4,000 MT more than in the previous year,” the report said.

Earlier, FruitNews wrote that the region plans to build a greenhouse complex with an area of about 60 hectares for the production of tomatoes.