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Mandarin tops the list
Turkish export figures of fruits and veg to Russia first quarter of 2018
Turkey has exported 74,119 tons of mandarin to Russia in the first quarter of 2018 and generated a revenue of 42.3 million USD in return.
East Black Sea Region Exporters Association President Ahmet Hamdi Gurdogan: “In order to develop the trade relations between two countries, it is imperative to lift the restrictions and form strategic partnerships. This is the only way two countries can full fill its potential in trade relations.”
According to the released figures, the exports of mandarin increased 31 % in volume and 36% in value compared to the first quarter of 2017.
Mandarin is followed by lemon with 50,375 tons, oranges with 32,325 tons and apples with 22,625 tons.
From the East Black Sea Region in the same period, 51,196 tons of fruits and vegetables are exported to Russia generating a revenue of 30.8 million USD. 21,401 tons of these exports were mandarins which accounted for 12.2 million USD in trade.
President Ahmet Hamdi Gurdogan: ”The numbers display a 91% increase in exports of fruits and vegetables to Russia compared to last year’s first quarter. The rise in revenue is actually even higher at 112%. Turkey exports fruits and vegetables to Russia mostly and it has become the primary for Turkish fruits and vegetables. It is a huge market and we are trying to improve our share in this market even more. That’s why we select our best products for exports and Russian consumers started to prefer specifically Turkish products.
Most of the restrictions imposed by Russia which were put in place in 2016 due to political crisis between two countries, have already been lifted. However there are still some remaining restrictions regarding tomato exports where only certain firms are granted permission to export tomatoes. This creates unfair competitive environment for our growers and we would like this restriction to be removed as well. This way more Turkish growers will be able to export their tomatoes to Russia and Russian consumers will be able to access the products at a better price.”
Publication date: 4/20/2018
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