Russia increases fruit and vegetable imports

Imports of fruit and vegetable products to Russia grew by 7% to $5.3 billion year-on-year in the first nine months of 2020. The three main fruit and vegetable suppliers to Russia were Ecuador, Turkey, and Iran.

The most significant increase was in imports of Iranian fruit and vegetable products. The main product categories were apples, kiwi, pistachios, peaches, and cherries as well as greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers.

China dropped out of the top three key exporters of fruit and vegetable products to Russia due to the ban on the import of Chinese fresh apples and pears. Accordingly, imports from China fell by a quarter in the first 9 months of 2020. It is also worth noting a sharp increase in imports of fruit and vegetable products from South Africa to Russia and direct imports from Uzbekistan.


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