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Special  —  Russia


'Wholesale market' Moscow shut down for lack of cooling
Poland withdraws half of claims
The EU member states had until yesterday to check the compensation requests under the first plan. The compensation was halted after three weeks, because 'dubious claims' were coming in. Poland was blamed for these dubious claims, now it turns out that the country withdrew half of its claims. Ukraine.....


Morocco signs agreement citrus export
EU suspected of export Russia through Ukraine
Russia is expanding the sanctions. Following suspicions of European re-export through Ukraine, Russia is closing its borders. Kiev did not respond to the Russian request to explain the increased export volumes, after which the borders were closed. The boycott also goes for re-export. Sanctions against Europe.....


Turkish export Russia +30%
Russia sets up domestic food aid programme
In the first nine months of this year, Turkey exported 30% more fruit and vegetables to Russia. That means Russia has a share of 53% in Turkish export. Moroccan exporters are more cautious. Although the country is looking to increase export to Russia, exporters also fear a repetition of last year’s events,.....


Russia invests in storage
Polish apple growers welcome in Kaliningrad
Time and again, reports on agriculture investments in Russia talk about the lack of storage facilities to get through the winter months. Where a lot of money is invested in new cultivation projects on the one hand, storage is a particular problem. Regions that can, in principle, be self-sufficient, are.....


Ukraine asks EU to increase export quotas
Russia closes borders to Belarusian export
Russia closes its borders to products from Belarus on October 20. In the past months, the Russian inspection service intercepted 82 shipments that didn’t meet import requirements. Following warnings, the border is now closing. Ukraine is also being threatened with expansion of the boycott. Russia suspects.....


Insufficient apple supply in Russia
Russia stopped a shipment of Vietnamese cashews having entered Russia through Estonia. The country of origin wasn’t a matter for discussion this time, but a label was missing on the pallets. After thorough inspection of the pallets, the shipment of nuts was finally allowed into Russia. Russian producer.....


"Russia self-sufficient in 5 years"
Morocco halves citrus export Russia
The phytosanitary service has sent back a shipment of pears, because the documents did not match the product. According to the papers, the country of origin was Argentina, according to the label Chile. The shipment was re-export from a German company. And Russia remains optimistic about self-sufficiency......


Growers Lithuania refuse EU compensation
Dutch exporters smuggle through Turkey
Russia accuses Poland of illegal re-export, so it closed its borders last week for all products from Poland. The Eastern European country is reported to transport Polish produce under a false label as re-export to Russia. Traders from other countries are also reportedly using smuggling routes. The.....

Coexphal assumes Russian veto crisis will especially affect next season
Almeria's Association of Fruit and Vegetables Organizations (COEXPHAL) held its Ordinary General Assembly in El Ejido, in which they presented the annual report of activities during the 2013/2014 campaign and the association's financial statements, which were approved. They analysed the campaign results,.....

Polish growers demonstrate against situation caused by the embargo
The Fruit Growers Association of the Republic of Poland will demonstrate today, 14 October, to protest against the difficult situation caused by the Russian embargo, as most agro-food exports to this market were worth nearly 1.3 billion Euro.In addition to their financial problems, Polish growers feel they.....


shipments sent back
Russia considers boycott re-export
Several shipments of fruit and vegetables have once again been found in Russia that did not meet import demands. With Costa Rican pineapples, the phytosanitary certificate from Costa Rica was missing. The shipment was en route to Russia through the Netherlands. The inspection discovered apples from Moldova.....


Philippe Binard, Freshfel:
Europe has long been the number one fruit and vegetable supplier to Russia
This week during the Freshfel Meeting Philippe Binard from Freshfel talked about the activities and priorities of Freshfel for the fruit and vegetable sector. "A part of this is the mutual trade going on between member states. The biggest exporters within Europe are Spain, the Netherlands and Italy. The.....


Revenue of Czech food exporters to drop by up to 300 million Euro
According to the president of the Growers Union of Bohemia and Moravia, Jaroslav Zeman, import prices of vegetables have dropped by a fifth as a result of the Russian embargo.Additionally, large surpluses, according to Czech media, lead them to expect further cheapening."We appear to be facing some dumping.....

Slovakia: Fruit and vegetable prices plunge due to Russian embargo
The Russian embargo on food produced in the EU is shaking both new and old member states. The good fruit and vegetable harvest has resulted in 15 to 20 percent cheaper prices than a year ago, and potatoes have dropped by up to 50 percent.In Slovakia, potatoes reach prices as low as 20 cents per kilogram,.....


Maximum 10% imports by 2020
Russia closes borders to Polish re-exports
The Russian government has closed the borders for Polish re-exports. Oranges and dates are specifically mentioned as products that are no longer welcome. The Polish government has asked for clarification. Prime Minister Medvedev has accepted a 'roadmap' for self-sufficiency. According to the plans, the.....


Russian economy affected by sanctions
Russia: More expensive import products; rouble devalued 22%
Although Putin is convinced that the country can become increasingly self-sufficient, Russian economists also point to the impact of potential budget shortfalls. Economists see that it is difficult for companies to attract enough investment. Because of Western sanctions, access to capital has become more.....


Russian Parliament wants quota import products
A proposal has been made in the Russian parliament to set up quotas for imported products in Russian supermarkets. Those behind the proposal want that only up to 50% of the products are imported. And although prices increased by 20%, the regional government of Udmurtia finds that the increase is "not.....

Hungary: Over 4,000 tonnes of agricultural products covered by EU aid
Within the framework of the new programme for emergency market measures for perishable fruit and vegetables, implemented on 30 September, a total of 4,295 tonnes of fruit and vegetables will be eligible for aid in Hungary, as announced by the Ministry of Agriculture.This includes 725 tonnes of apples and.....


Turkey and Serbia profit from boycott
Russian consumer organisations: China ships fruit and vegetables with high MRL
The first statistics for August and September show that Turkey and Serbia have profited from the boycott. These countries exported significantly more since the ban was introduced. German companies received an order to build a new storage facility for vegetables at St. Petersburg and Russian mushroom growers.....


Belgium: no compensation for non-harvest
8% of turnover Russian retailers came from boycotted products
An average 4-8% of the turnover of Russian supermarkets in 2013 came from the products that are now boycotted. However, retailers say that they are easy to replace, especially fruits and vegetables. The government takes into account a 13% inflation of food prices, which almost doubles previous estimates. In.....


French producers “just want to be understood and helped”
Brittany exporters would normally send about 10% of their merchandise to the Russian market, but due to the embargo they need to export the produce elsewhere in Europe. They export all over Europe, and Germany is a large market for them. However all of the products that would normally be exported to Russia.....


China invests in more export
Argentina loses market share in Russia
Russian authorities admitted that prices are indeed on the rise since the boycott was introduced; nevertheless, the country is still looking for new partners. There are plans to meet with traders from China and other countries and Putin will be receiving the Jordanian king. China has recently registered an.....


Banana cultivation in Russia?
European growers consider compensations insufficient
Hungary announced that it would receive compensations from the European Commission for 4,295 tonnes. The Netherlands also published the distribution of compensations, which extend to cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli and mushrooms. According to Copa-Cogeca, the measures are a step in the right direction, but.....


Italian techniques for Russian apple cultivation
Inspection services in Moscow conduct checks at fairs and markets
Several trade negotiations between Russia and its neighbouring countries are progressing steadily. The agreement with Tajikistan only has to be signed and Armenia has collected several proposals from traders. Azerbaijan's exports also grew by 27% in the first half of 2014. Some Russian regions are looking.....

Czech Republic: Cheaper apples due to Russian embargo
In South Moravia, a kilo of apples can cost less than 20 crowns (0.73 Euro); a bargain for the consumer, but a big threat to Czech fruit growers.South-Moravian apple producers are afraid of fruit imports from Poland. "Polish growers harvested three million tonnes of apples last year, exporting around eight.....


Tunisia to increase exports to Russia
Will Tunisia be able to make the most of the Russian embargo on agri-food imports from Europe and hold a prime place on the market? In any case this is what Moscow would like. “The Russian marked holds large potential for Tunisian exports, especially after the embargo imposed by Russia on certain food.....


Russia willing to import over 60 different Egyptian products
Dr Adel El-Beltagy, Egyptian Minister of Agriculture and Land reclamation, met on Thursday with the Russian ambassador in Cairo to discuss Russia's offer to increase Egyptian agricultural exports to the Russian market to compensate for the deficit in agricultural products resulting from the ban on the export.....


Italy: Maintain a foothold in Russia while waiting for the situation to improve
"It is certain that the Russian ban will last for a year, we must accept it," says Nicola Zanotelli, export manager for theFROMconsortium, an organisation created byMelinda,la Trentina,VOGandVI.Pto deal with the Russian market.Despite the ban, FROM took part in the latest edition of World Food Moscow. "We.....


Serbia and Belarus main suppliers Russia
New compensation EU: additional 165 million
The European Commission has announced the new compensation plan. The EU is reserving an additional 165 million euros for compensation. The most important changes: citrus has been added to the list, and the compensation per member state is based on the export figures of the past three years. Figures show that.....


Russian retail starts own cultivation
Price decreases due to delayed EU compensation
Greek exporters report decreasing prices, due to confusion regarding the new EU compensation plan. Because of the lack of clarity, growers opt for selling their products at lower prices, rather than waiting for compensation. In Russia, retailers are investing in own cultivation. By investing in construction.....


Photo Report on Russian retail
Fruit and vegetables at Russian retail after embargo
Seven weeks have passed since the imposition of Russian retaliatory sanctions on US, EU, Norway, Canada and Australia. Seven weeks Russia has been living under the conditions of embargo on import of fruit, vegetables and food from the above-mentioned countries. The changes in the range of products,.....


Russia deals with illegal re-export
Russia wants to stop gas supplies EU
Russia has established a team to track down re-export of banned produce via Belarus and Kazakhstan. Iran, Azerbaijan and Morocco have taken more concrete steps to increase export. Iran has published a list of products, Morocco signed an agreement and Azerbaijan received Russian praise for the quality of its.....


European suppliers maintain presence at World Food Moscow
Despite the restrictions imposed on European goods by the Russian government, there was a healthy European presence at the recent World Food Moscow. Though it's uncertain when the current situation between Russia and the European Union will be resolved, European fresh produce suppliers want to maintain their.....


Re-export turned away again due to error in documents
Russia replaces European produce: more expensive and worse quality
That Russian customs closely scrutinizes documents, becomes apparent once again, with a grapefruit shipment being turned away at the border. The citrus was on its way to the Russian market from South Africa, via a Dutch trader, and because there were no South African documents, the Russians assumed it to be.....

Czech Republic: Horticultural product sales grind to a halt due to Russian veto
Hundreds of tonnes of apples are being left to rot in the Czech Republic as a result of the low prices caused by oversupply, which is mostly due to Polish produce, originally intended for Russia, flooding the market.The situation also affects other fruits and vegetables, notably cabbage. There has been an.....

France promises vegetable producers “concrete and rapid” measures
After Breton cauliflower, broccoli and artichoke producers violently demonstrated in the Finistère at the end of last week, the Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll promised vegetable producers in difficulty that he would take “concrete and rapid” measures.He also evoked new measures on a European.....


Azerbaijan wants to keep market share after boycott
Russia turns away pears because of date on documents
Yesterday there was some confusion on the possibility of exporting to Russia from the southern hemisphere via Europe. A South African trader said it was not possible, a Dutch trader confirmed he was able to export normally. That the paperwork has to be in order down to the minutest details, can be seen from.....


Rotten fruit for Russian supermarkets
Southern Hemisphere fruit may reach Russia through EU exporters
There is uncertainty about re-exports to Russia. Reports from South Africa say that re-export from Europe is not possible, but a trader says it is business as usual. Russia achieved according to official figures a record harvest of nearly 1.65 MT of apples. In general, Russian growers are happy about the.....

Marco Salvi (Fruitimprese)
Italy: We need a strong signal for European fruit
"The absence of old-country countries at Moscow's WorldFood is striking- it looks like operators from South America, Turkey, China, Egypt and other North African countries are on the rise," says Marco Salvi (in the photo), chairman of Fruitimprese.Salvi was in Moscow to assess the situation at WorldFood and.....


Tony Derwael, Bel'Export: "Russia is unfortunately managing without our fruit"
Still a lot of European fruit and vegetable traders at Worldfood Moscow
The 23rd edition of Worldfood Moscow has just finished. This food fair takes place between the 15th and the 18th of September. Despite the Russian boycott there are still European fruit and vegetable companies present. One of them is the Belgian fruit company Bel'Export. According to Tony Derwael it is a.....


Moldova wants to get rid of boycott
Russia trades grain for Egyptian and Turkish fruit and vegetables
Moldova is facing big problems. The country saw the export increase in the first months of this year, mainly to Russia, but is now being hit hard by the Russian boycott. Because the country isn't an EU member, it's on its own. Moldova is working hard to meet Russian demands, and reports say that the.....

Greek strawberry producers seeking alternative markets
A meeting was held last week between the Greek Minister and Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food, Georgios Karasmanis and Paris Koukoulopoulos, and representatives of the strawberry sector to discuss the problems caused by the Russian embargo on exports, which were shipped primarily to the Moscow.....

Slovakia: one of the least affected by Russian embargo
For Slovakia, the Russian ban on imports of agricultural products from the European Union will entail an annual loss of about six million Euro. This means it will be one of the least affected member states.The only EU countries which will be less affected are Luxembourg, where annual losses will amount to.....


Debora Giorgi, Minister of Industry
Argentina: "Exports to Russia will amount to 2 billion dollars in 2015"
The Minister of Industry, Debora Giorgi, will returns to Argentina after closing this week's trade mission to Russia, which involved more than one hundred Argentine companies."We are pleased with the performance of Argentine companies in the World Food Moscow fair," the official said in a conversation with.....


Demand for Argentinean soft fruit
Rung product on Russian market
Argentina sees a lot of opportunities for exporting soft fruit to Russia. The country sees interest from Russian traders increase. On the Russian market, lemon prices go up to unprecedented levels. Partly because the season in Argentina and South Africa is drawing to a close, and the volumes there were.....

Poland: Food banks start receiving banned fruit and vegetables
Caritas Poland will start receiving food items affected by the Russian embargo, which will go to food banks, community centres and distribution points for those in need."Food will be distributed via Caritas to the poor and to individuals who qualify according to the principles of social assistance," said.....


Russia anticipates loss BBB- status
Greater clarity new EU compensation
The European Commission has published a first draft of a new compensation plan. In the new plan, the amount is established according to the 2013 export figures. In addition, the list with products that qualify for compensation will likely be modified. Citrus growers have a chance of being added, and there.....


New compensation plan Dutch growers
Free trade agreement EU-Ukraine in force next year
The free trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine, which was meant to have been signed last year, will come into force next year. The European Parliament debated on the EC's response to the Russian boycott, in which criticism was voiced on the Commission's bad preparation. And reports came out on the new.....


Great opportunity for fruit
Venezuela seeks to increase exports to Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, at a meeting in Moscow in July 2013.REUTERS / Maxim ShemetovThe Venezuelan government plans to boost exports of raw materials and agricultural products and to Russia, taking advantage of the current tariffs in force and the.....


Central Asia turns out to be empty granary for Russia
Rouble reaches new low
The Western sanctions appear to be having more and more effects on the Russian economy. The value of the rouble reached a low point compared to the dollar on Monday. Investors favour more stable currencies. In addition, Central Asian countries seem to have reacted with a bit too much enthusiasm to the.....


Cyprus complains about labelling fraud
Russia not yet self-sufficient for the coming years
While products from banned countries frequently appear on the Russian market having been rung in Belarus or Kazakhstan, Europe is also dealing with fraud in labels specifying the country of origin. Cypriot growers are complaining about foreign produce being marketed as local produce. And the low food prices.....


Potato prices Russia +18%, more demand for seed potatoes
Iran wants to export to Russia, but is dealing with problems
Russian potato prices have seen a significant increase. Last week, potatoes became 18% more expensive, fetching 20 cents per kilo. The South Russian region is investing millions in the ambitious plan to cultivate truffles in the region, and Muscovites are pleased with the fruit and vegetables from Crimea......


Russians take fresh produce to the zoo
Prices Romania halved
While the EU is once again deliberating on the compensation plan for growers, several countries are still requesting compensation. At the Russian side of the story, reports on new investments to further develop the agricultural sector keep coming in. A new logistics centre is being built. And Moroccan.....


Southern Europe’s exports to Russia
Greece, Spain and Italy the largest exporters
The Freshfel data also provide a deeper insight into the fruit and vegetable exports from the EU to Russia. It reveals what products were exported to Russia by each country, in what volumes and for how many dollars. Today, Southern Europe, where Greece, Spain and Italy have been the most hit.Southern Europe.....


Czechs export through Kazakhstan
64% Russians think domestic produce better than import
Varying figures are emerging on the situation in Russia. Where one study concludes prices are going down for certain products, other studies see total prices for food go up. As well, according to Russian researchers, a majority of the population rates domestic produce more highly than imported products. The.....


Businessmen want to consolidate their products in that market through strategic alliances
Peru to increase sales of fruit and veg to Russia by 50%
Attractive marketEntrepreneurs are determined to exploit the trade advantages generated in Russia. Thus, Peruvian exports of fruits and vegetables to that country will increase by 50% this year.Ana Maria Deustua, executive director of the Association of Agricultural Producers Guild of Peru (Agap), said that.....


Morocco to increase its citrus exports to Russia
Moroccan grower associations are considering the possibility of filling the gap left by European products in the Russian market as a result of the veto imposed by the latter.The value of agricultural and food exports from the EU to Russia was estimated at about 11 billion Euro.Moroccan growers said that the.....


Bananas from Crimea in Moscow
McDonald’s removes salads from Russian menu
Bulgaria desires a higher compensation from the EU for growers. Despite the country’s small stake in the agricultural market, Bulgarians do expect to suffer significant losses. Greek growers expect problems to be the biggest later this month, or in October. Hopes are pinned on the Turkish market, where the.....


Italy: Russian ban makes prices of table grapes drop
Just like the other crops, grapes suffered from this year's weather too. This led to a drop in production and to a lower quality which, together with slow consumption, made prices drop.At the moment, there are three varieties available - Vittoria, early white, Black Magic, early black and Italia. All three.....


Iran wants to take over European market share
Medvedev announces new investment of billions
Russian prime minister Medvedev announced in an interview last week that he wants to invest “dozens of extra billions of roubles” in the agricultural sector. With the investment, Russia wants to further develop domestic production and sales. Iran wants to substantially increase export of fruit and.....


Western Europe’s exports to Russia
Trade mostly from the Netherlands and Belgium
The Freshfel data provides a deeper insight into the fruit and vegetable exports from the EU to Russia. It reveals which products were Exported to Russia by each country, in what volumes, and for how many dollars. Today, Western Europe, the Netherlands and Belgium have been the most hit. Western.....


Belarus: Smuggled fruit seized in Minsk shop
Financial police seized more than four tonnes of smuggled vegetables and fruit in one of the capital's shopping centres. Total cost of the production equalled more than 100 million rubles (2 million Euro). Smuggled products were detected during on-the-spot inspections. The citizens of Azerbaijan had plenty.....

Ad Klaassen, DPA
"More support for recognized producer organizations EU signal"
The past weeks, more has become clear about the European support for growers as a consequence of the Russian ban. The 125 million has been split into two portions–one for apple and pear growers, and one for other producers, and there's been more support for growers affiliated with a recognized cooperative......


Boycott costs the EU 5 billion per year
The EU proposed to supply additional funds for the promotion of boycotted products, which will have to be used to gain access to new markets. Statistics show that the boycott is costing the Union a total of 5 billion Euro per year. Spanish melon growers would also be eligible for the compensation and Czech.....