According to SeaNews Russian Foreign Trade Customs Statistics online service, in Q1 2020 Russia imported 575,200 of vegetables worth $583.5 million. In tonnage terms, imports increased by 1.1% compared to the same period in 2019, while in monetary terms it was up 8.9%.
Tomatoes make the largest share in Russia’s vegetable imports. During the first 3 months of 2020, thy account for 154,300 tons (+5.8%) worth $200.9 million (+8.9%). The major exporters of tomatoes to Russia were Turkey, Azerbaijan, Morocco and China.
Imports of peppers increased by 15.5% to 58,800 tons worth $86.7 million, up 22.6%. The largest volumes came from Israel, China and Turkey. Imports of cabbage amounted to 52,800 tons (-14.7%) worth $29.2 million (-6.7%). Most of these products came in from China and Uzbekistan.
Import of onions and garlic decreased by 11.7% down to 44,600 tons worth $41.3 million, up 19.7%. Onions and garlic were mainly imported from China, the Netherlands and Egypt.
Egypt was the major exporter of potatoes to Russia in the first quarter of 2020, accounting for more than 90 percent of deliveries in both tonnage and monetary terms. During the reporting period, 44,500 tons (+8%) of potatoes worth $17.6 million was imported.