South Africa a bit hesitant
Turkey and Serbia see potantial in Russia after ban
Turkey, Serbia and South Africa
Hortgro is still trying to figure out the whole impact for the South African apples and pear exports. "There will be a lot more fruit around on the EU market, due EU not being able to export it, this is not good for South Africa," said Jacques du Preez.
A lot of RSA fruit gets shipped through Holland, he is not sure how this would be classified by Russia. At the moment some does go direct, but he doesn't know more at this moment.
The Serbian Chamber of Commerce is very optimistic about the national fruitexport after the boycot is announced. The Chamber chairman Zelijko Sertic said that there are 768 Serbian countrieswho export to the Russian market. "It is quite clear that Russia needs other countires. We are started with the export of the first plums and other agricultural products."
Turkey also sees great opportunities to deliver to Russia. Ali Kavak from the Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Union expects an increase of Russian export. There are more than 300 Turkish companies, who are allowed to deliver fruit and vegetables to Russia.