Russian fruit and vegetable imports partially recovered

When compared to the previous year, Russian imports of fresh fruit and vegetables have increased considerably over the last year. A total of 7,1 million MT was imported, 17% more than in 2016. It is, however, not nearly as much as in 2013. In the year before the boycott came into force, Russia imported almost 8,5 million MT of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The (partial) recovery of the imports is, firstly, due to the boycott of various Turkish products being lifted in 2017. In addition, a record volume of (Ecuadorian) bananas and products from other countries were imported. The most important of these countries are China, Egypt, Azerbaijan, and Moldova. The record volume of banana imports is particularly noticeable. Last year, Russia surpassed Germany and is now the second largest importer of bananas in the world, besides the United States. Russia also imported a record volume of mandarins, it’s second most popular import product. Russia is by far this product’s most important import country. Russia’s import volumes of all other regularly consumed products also rose in 2017. This country’s import volumes of lesser-known products, such as kaki, garlic, watermelon, celery, avocado, and mangoes, also reached record highs in the past year. (more…)

China: Fruit and Veg Exports to Russia up 28% from Heilongjiang

According to the Office of Statistics, the fruit and vegetable export form Heilongjiang increased greatly in 2017. The total export volume of fruit and vegetables was 72.900 MT, with a value of 35,971,200 USD. That is an increase in export volume of 28.8% in comparison with the same period in the previous year, and an increase in value of 28.41%. This is a new high point in the history of fruit and vegetable transport from Heilongjiang port to Russia.