January to March of this year, the volume of potatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots and beets imported by Ukraine increased by nearly a factor of seven, compared to the first quarter of 2015 due to make up for “seasonal factors”, the director of the Ukrainian Club of Agrarian Business Taras Vysotsky said during a Ukrainian radio program on Golos Stolitsiy (The Voice of the Capital).
Author: Irina Koziy, RK Marketing/Fruit News Director
There is an active, ongoing discussion in media regarding a story about an export scheme in which Polish fruits were passed off as Moldovan with counterfeit certificates. Even federal television channels gave screen time to the revelation of this issue. Moldovan officials and businessmen from Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia are being blamed for the "Moldovication" of 20 thousand tonnes of Polish products that had found a second home in the eastern European country.
According to China's agency for inspections and quarantine of exports and imports in the Heilongjiang Province, demand for Chinese agricultural products is on the rise due to increases in the value of the ruble, heightened purchasing capacity among Russians and other factors.
According to a report by Tass on March 24, member states of the Eurasian Economic Union decreased tariffs on pistachios and figs for the foreseeable future and removed duties on dried grapes until the end of May 2019.
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Belarusian exporters continue to increase exports of fruits and vegetables to Russia, filling a hole in the produce market share that opened up following the embargo. As a result, imports into Belarus have simultaneously been on the rise alongside its export volumes largely due to Russia's counter-measures. Frozen fruits, vegetables, lettuce, onions, stone fruit, garlic, apples and pears are the sectors that suffered the most in the Russian market because it is difficult to find replacements to these types of produce. However, these are also the categories that have seen impressive increases in Belarusian imports over the course of the year with distinct increases in exports of these categories supplied to the Russian market in 2015.