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Gap Russian import partly plugged
India flooded with American apples
The first statistics over the months following the boycott show that Russia was not able to completely compensate for the lost European and American products. A number of countries have profited from the boycott, but volume-wise, trade lags behind. The Indian wholesale market at Mumbai is flooded with.....


Tensions between Russia and West rising further
Football player imports mandarins to Donetsk
Yesterday evening, the UN Security Council held an emergency session to discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine. NATO accused the Russians of entering into Eastern Ukraine with troops and military equipment in the past weeks. According to the Russians, these are hollow words and propaganda from.....


Russian economy takes nosedive
Western media had already been reporting that the Russian economy suffers from the imposed sanctions. Lately more and more Russian organizations are also admitting that the economy is going through a rough time. The Russian economy is facing a number of big problems. First of all the capital flight. In.....


Peru is South America's leading supplier of horticultural products for Russia
According to the the Association of Agricultural Producers Guild (Agap), as a result of the strong and sustained demand for Peruvian fruit and vegetables in Russia,Peru is currently considered Russia's main South American supplier of high quality fresh produce.Agap's executive director, Ana Maria Deustua,.....


Greece wants expansion aid package
Russian supermarkets adjust growth forecast upwards
According to LTO, the compensation currently offered by the EU to growers is too low. The compensation covers 10-15% of production costs. In Brussels, Agriculture ministers are talking about expansion of the compensation plan today, at the request of Greece. Greece would like peach and mandarin growers to be.....

Poland: Aid for onion, cabbage and apple producers affected by Russian embargo
Onion, cabbage and apple producers in Poland will receive one-off aid due to the decline in purchase prices caused by the Russian embargo. Support will be given in the form of "de minimis". The Council of Ministers, at the request of the Minister of Agriculture, amended the Regulation on the.....


Lebanon and Turkey profit from boycott
Turkey profits from boycott
Lebanon has started exporting to Russia. The country wants to tap into new markets, now that export destinations in the Middle East are buying less. Turkey saw its export to Russia increase significantly over the first nine months of this year. Nevertheless, Standard&Poor's expects prices in Russia to go.....


Falling rouble slows down banana import
More support for Polish farmers
The Russian economy is going through tough times; inflation increased to 8.3% last month, and the rouble has already lost 26% of its worth compared to the dollar. Media are reporting there are no big consequences for consumers. The banana import is being slowed down due to the lower value of the rouble, with.....


Substantial price fluctuations in Ukraine and Russia
Copa-Cogeca: move unused part of EU support to 2015
Polish apple farmers demonstrated for a better compensation plan. According to the growers, the EU compensation is insufficient. In Ukraine, fruit prices went down by 14.4% on average. The decrease is a result of a stabilization of the Ukrainian currency. In the Russian region of Perm, large price.....


Onion harvest Ukraine forced to start
Russia: “Europe must address illegal export”
The Russians are asking Europe to look into illegal export to Russia. According to the Russian services, no response has come from Europe, despite reports of violations. Small farmers seem unable to benefit from the boycott. In the Rostov region, small companies are seeing that retail is mostly interested in.....


The European Commission will distribute 39 million Euro
Separatists luring voters with cheap vegetables
The European Commission will distribute 39 million Euro among a number of European organizations, to promote sales of agricultural products. To increase turnout for the elections in Eastern Ukraine, vegetables were offered at rock-bottom prices. It is unclear who is behind this action. Auchan is expanding.....


Cabbage harvest Russia partially destroyed by frost
Russia catches smuggler Polish produce
Russian authorities announced having sent back shipments of fresh produce in various locations in the country, because the documents weren’t in order. Bell peppers and eggplants were sent back to Belarus, and pomegranates from Egypt were refused. Most notably, the inspection caught a smuggler. The truck.....


Canada opens borders for Polish apples
Russia intercepts fruit from Netherlands
Russian authorities report having intercepted a shipment of 18 tonnes of fruit from the Netherlands. The country of origin indicated on the fruit reportedly did not match what was on the documents, and the labels were said to have been replaced. Belarusian customs held back 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables.....

EC inspectors to check all Polish compensation requests
On 17 November, the Polish Ministry of Agriculture will receive inspectors from the European Commission, who will check the applications for compensation issued in the framework of the Russian embargo.Controls will last until 21 November. The reason for this measure is the exceptional volume of requests.....


Greenhouse centre Russia put into use
Wider range of vegetables in Russian greenhouse
The European Commission is disbursing 5.3 million euros in compensation to Belgian farmers. The money is to be disbursed in the following weeks. China export more vegetables to Russia. Compared to last year, the volume increased by 45.3%, and the worth by 22.5% to 204,000 MT and 82 million dollars.....


French apples victims of Russian embargo
Effects of the Russian embargo decreed in August are being felt on the apple market. Producers in France’s number one apple production region, the Tarn-et-Garonne, are starting to worry. Claude Rehlinger, President of France’s biggest apple exporter, Blue Whale says that “the 500,000 tons of Polish apples.....


Moscow trades school textbooks and medication for fresh produce
British government forgoes compensation
Great Britain is the only EU country not to claim compensation for 3,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. All member states can get compensation for the removal from the market of 3,000 tonnes of produce. This way, the EU also wants to remedy the indirect consequences. The British government is forgoing this.....


Russia: Responsible for food adulteration executives to be proclaimed
Ministry of Agriculture of Russia intends to proclaim the names of company executives who have been caught red-handed in adulteration of food products, - has said the Minister of Agriculture of Russia, Nikolay Fedorov.Fedorov supports the initiative of Vladimir Pozner, the journalist who has suggested the.....

Meeting to discuss fruit and vegetable price decrease in France
Three Ministers met on the 23rd October in Bercy to discuss with producers and retailers the threatening price decreases in the fruit and vegetable sector. All fruits and vegetables are effected by the decreasing prices. In 2014 the decrease reached 20% for salads, 11% for carrots and 4% for potatoes. The.....


Ukraine harvests 7% more vegetables
Not all Russians fear price increases this winter
The concerns about price increases in the winter months due to insufficient storage capacity in Russia, are not shared by everyone. The government of the Omsk region is not expecting problems, there's even said to be enough to supply to other regions as well. German retailer Metro wants to open additional.....


French apple sector concerned about market situation
EU extends free trade agreement Ukraine
The EU is extending its free trade agreement with Ukraine until the end of 2015. This is a unilateral agreement, established after Russia imposed sanctions on Ukraine in April. The agreement lowers import duties, and gives many agricultural products free access to the European market. The French apple sector.....


'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.....