Azerbaijan is a nation that is focusing on diversifying its exports and developing its non-oil sector. It has turned to Baltic countries in order to increase its agri exports. The cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Baltic countries is developing successfully; relations are based on principles of mutual friendship and partnership.
Bashir Guliyev, chairman of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Vegetable Products of Azerbaijan has stated that at this moment, Azerbaijan intends to increase the volume of exports of fruits and vegetables to the Baltics. Guliyev believes that exports in this field are not large yet, but that they will increase by the end of 2018, and will grow further.
Azerbaijan cooperates closely with Latvia and therefore, compared with the other two Baltic countries, the volume of exports to the Latvian market is greater. He noted that the opening of the Azerbaijani trade house in Latvia has a positive effect on the sales of fruits and vegetables in this region.
At this time, the main export markets for Azerbaijan are still Russia and other CIS countries, said Guliyev. The trade turnover with Latvia in the first half of the year amounted to $15.1 million, $1.1 of which fell to the share of the export of Azerbaijani products.
Meanwhile, in January-June 2018, exports of fruits and vegetables from Azerbaijan amounted to $276.7 million; 27 percent more than in 2017. In 2017, Azerbaijan exported fruit and vegetable products in the amount of about $503 million.
Azernews.az describes how, with the support of the Ministry of Economy and the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Azerbaijan, an Association of Azerbaijani producers and exporters of fruits and vegetables was established in August 2016.