According to EastFruit analysts, Belarus imported 21.7 thousand tons of apples from Turkey in the first seven months of 2018, while in the same period a year earlier, apple imports from Turkey did not even reach a thousand tons. Thus, Turkey became the second largest supplier of apples to Belarus, only behind Poland, pushing Ukraine to the third place.
Since Turkey is allowed to supply apples directly to the Russian market, such a sharp increase in the supply of Turkish apples to Belarus could not be due to the need for re-export. Moreover, Turkey has also dramatically increased its supply of apples to Russia in the same period. From January to July 2018, Russian fruit importers purchased 39 thousand tons of apples in Turkey, compared to 0.7 thousand tons in the same period of 2017.
The fact is that Turkey is gradually increasing its apple exports, despite the imperfect conditions of its production. In 2017, apple exports from Turkey exceeded 200 thousand tons, placing Turkey almost on par with Moldova and Serbia in the global ranking of apple exporters.
An important factor behind the increase of apple exports from Turkey in the first half of 2018 was the lack of apples in Europe and the high prices paid for them. However, with the start of the new season, the export of Turkish apples may drop sharply, because their prices in Europe have fallen very sharply, and Turkey is quite far from both Belarus and Russia. Accordingly, the competitiveness of apples from Turkey may sharply decline.