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Russia closes border to Turkish fruit and veg
Minister expects shortages citrus and tomatoes
Russia has provided more details on the previously announced sanctions against Turkey. Different foods from Turkey will no longer be allowed to cross the border to Russia. The list, according to various sources, includes tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, oranges, grapes, apples, peaches, apricots, nectarines,.....


Morocco-Russia free trade agreement to boost exports?
The Minister of Foreign Trade, Mohammed Abbou, has announced a free trade agreement between Russia and Morocco. He said that a Moroccan-Russian committee has been created to discuss the project. Hassan Sentissi, President of ASMEX (Moroccan exporters association) says that this decision will “encourage.....


Russia bites back
Consequences fresh produce sanctions against Turkey unclear
Last week, Russia announced it wanted to impose economic sanctions against Turkey in retaliation for the downing of the Russian war plane. Last weekend, the Russian government published the list of measures, which still leaves many questions unanswered, and brings up new ones.During the G20 summit in Antalya.....


Video: Russian inspection shows working method
EU prepares extension of sanctions
Next month, the EU is to take a decision on extension of the sanctions against Russia. According to various sources, the EU is preparing a six-month extension. The Russian inspection service has made a video about the service's working methods. Also, pears were intercepted that are possibly illegal, the.....

Russia prepares sanctions against Turkey
Yesterday, during a cabinet meeting the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, ordered the drafting of a sanction list. He gave the order, which came from President Putin, to the government. Over the next two days the Kremlin will create a list, with possible economic measures against Turkey. It is.....


Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan earning money from the boycott
Kiev: "Give Russia tit for tat"
The Ukrainian government is responding strongly to the announced boycott by Russia and the proposal to restructure the debt. According to Kiev Russian will be given tit for tat if a boycott is announced. Moscow must also settle for the payment arrangement the same as other debt collectors. The EU announced.....


Israeli technique in Russian centre
"Russia step closer to self-sufficiency"
The boycott is causing more competition in Europe, says the Russian envoy in Brussels. Israeli companies are building a storage centre near Vladivostok. More should follow in the coming years, bringing Russia closer to self-sufficiency. According to Russia, the country is ahead of schedule with this.....


Russia closing borders to Ukraine
On 18 November,the Russian Minister of Economic Affairs, Alexey Ulyukayev, announced thatthe border between Russia and Ukraine would close from January onwards to all food shipments. This is a response to Ukraine's support for Western sanctions against Russia, reports the Russian news service TASS. At the.....


Jan-Kees Boon, Fruit & Vegetable Facts:
Many pears going to Russia via Belarus
After the Russian import boycott was put in place in the EU (and a few other countries) in August 2014 the import of pears to Russia dropped sharply. By November 2014 the effects of the boycott were clearly visible. In the period between November 2014 and February 2015 the import of pears fell to 74,000.....


Moldovan apples and plums return to sender
Russian politicians: allow import through pro-Russian companies
Nearly 40 tonnes of Moldovan apples and plums were sent back to the exporter. According to the Russian inspection, the documents aren't in order. In Moscow, two members of parliament made a new proposal: allow import from pro-Russian companies. That way, the politicians want to spare European companies with.....


Bonduelle’s development continues in Russia
Despite an adverse economic context, French group, Bonduelle, have had a continuously growing turnover in Russia and are investing to strengthen their local presence. Sergueï Kovalev, Head of Bonduelle's agro-industrial complex boasts about Koban’s black clay, "Here, we have recorded a record production : we.....


New concerns surrounding re-export from Belarus
Cucumbers off Russian shelves this winter?
The Russian inspection is worried about the Belarus inspections for transit. The inspection once again intercepted a party that did not meet the demands. The use of false documents is also worrying the Russians. This year the country has already blocked around 1000 tonnes of illegal products. Cucumbers seem.....


Import quotas vegetables long-term solution
Russia destroys 19 tonnes of apples from unknown origin
Russia destroyed 19 tonnes of apples with an unknown country of origin. The products were supposedly imported from Morocco, but Moroccan authorities were unable to confirm the issuing of the certificates. Belarus says it isn't a transit hub for boycotted products. The Minister of Foreign Affairs supports his.....


Israel not joining sanctions
Russian proposal for 100% inspection imported fruit and veg
Within Russian politics, two remarkable proposals have been made. The industry organization for vegetable producers calls for 100% inspections of imported fruit and vegetables, because MRLs are reportedly too high. In addition, a bill has been proposed, calling for a warning label on products that contain.....


Putin wants less trade in dollars
Russians don't spend less on imported products
Although less volume is imported, on average Russians spend the same amount on imported products. The import substitution doesn't seem to be taking off yet. Nearly half of all Russians are pessimistic about the country's economic prospects. The mood in Russia has thus worsened. The European Commission and.....


Moldovan growers make protest song
European export up, but not for fruit and veg
EU figures show that the export of agricultural produce has increased, but a side note is that this positive development doesn't apply to fruit and vegetables. Since Russia closed its borders, twelve percent less has been exported. Moldovan growers made a protest song against the destruction of food, and.....


Polish apple grower wants to go to Russia
Few requests intervention measure boycott Russia
Dutch top fruit growers have made few requests for compensation. About nine percent of the available room has been used. Russia imported less fruit and vegetables, Ecuador, Turkey and Belarus are the main trade partners. A Polish apple grower reported wanting to move his production to Russia. The Polish.....


Russian fruit prices increase further
No exception for France
During a meeting between the French and Russian ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Russian minister said he wouldn't make an exception for France regarding the boycott. Russia also says they are not willing to negotiate the end of the sanctions against the country. The fruit prices in Russia have risen.....


Turkish exporters disappointed, Moroccan export enthusiastic
500,000 Russians against destruction of food
A petition against the destruction of food by the Russian authorities has been signed by half a million Russians. A ray of hope for the Russian economy: between July and September, for the first time in five years more capital flowed into the country than was exported. All forecasts still speak of a.....


Morocco aims to increase presence on Russian market
Morocco is in full preparation for the 2nd edition of the big Moroccan festival in Moscow which will be held from the 6th to the 20th November. Following a success in 2014, Maroc Export expects this year to be even better. The main aim is to reinforce Morocco’s position in what is a very high potential.....


Boycott possibly until 2018
Russia launches apples to ISS
The boycott will possibly continue until 2018, a Russian expert predicted at a dairy convention. According to the expert, the Russian agricultural sector is starting to see the importance of agriculture, and a lot of investments are being done. Russia launched a rocket to the ISS space station with apples,.....


Russia wants clarification on Belarusian papaya
Russian billionaire invests in fruit and veg
Russia asked Belarus for clarification about the exotic products that are grown in the country, according to the labels. Belarus extensively answered the Kremlin's questions. A Russian billionaire is investing heavily in apple and potato cultivation. Although the borders are closed to products, horticulture.....

Compensation for the Russian veto
Compromís demands Europe aid persimmon
The MEP from Compromís-European Spring, Jordi Sebastià, sent a letter to the Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hoghan so that persimmon is added to the list of products eligible for aid to compensate for the effects of the Russian veto.Among others, the agricultural associations and mayors of different.....


Turkish export expects increase export to Russia
Belarus main supplier kiwis to Russia
Russian import figures are showing a downward trend. In the first eight months of this year, the import of food went down by 29.1 percent. Due to longer transport times, the prices for imported products went up. Brazil is showing an interest in the Russian market. The countries are negotiating the.....


REO Auction hopes for record volume of leek
"Russia crisis for leeks underexposed"
The REO Auction is aiming for a new record as far as the supply of leek is concerned this year. "The largest amount so far was a production of 66.6 million kilos. This supply was realised in 2010. Back then we had a supply of 42.3 million kilos at the end of August. In 2015 we already had a supply of 44.5.....


Photo report World Food Moscow
From 14 to 17 September the 24th edition of the World Food was held in Moscow. At this international food fair importers and exporters of fruits and vegetables from all over the world were present. European fruit and vegetable companies were there with limitations, due to the boycott by Russia of Europe.....


Tony Derwael, Be'lExport (from Moscow)
"I think we need to let go of Russia in time"
The Worldfood Moscow took place this week. After the introduction of the Russian boycott, Dutch exporters no longer saw the need to visit this market. Belgians, on the other hand, are still at the Russian fair with seven exporters under the VLAM banner. Do they still see profit here? We asked Tony Derwael of.....


Oversupply of potatoes leads to price reduction in Finland
Europe finds new markets, but not for fruits and vegetables
Europe has managed to find new markets after Russia enforced the boycott, concludes Moody's. According to a report by the organisation, there have been more exports than in previous years. A footnote is that this positive news doesn't apply to fruits and vegetables. The export decreased by over eleven.....


Take a look in greenhouses with Russian inspection
Russian retail pleads for end of boycott
Russia destroyed a party of Serbian plums that did not meet the phytosanitary demands last week. The inspection also posted a video online of a greenhouse inspection. The Russian retail is pleading for an end to the boycott. It's better for the economy. The number of Russians living below the poverty line.....


Weak rouble delays recovery Russian economy
EU: 500 million extra compensation
The weak position of the rouble, paired with low commodity prices, are slowing down the recovery of the Russian economy. The government in Moscow also recognizes that the recovery will take longer than expected. For exporters looking to export to Russia, the exchange rate means an additional risk. Also, a.....


Russia bans food imports from Bulgaria
Russia has banned imports of all agricultural produce from Bulgaria as of September 1, over forged certificates from the EU country, Russia's agriculture watchdog said in a statement Thursday.A wide range of food imports from Bulgaria is already subject to Russia's food embargo, which Russia introduced.....


Putin's workout programme
Russian growers concerned about storage facilities
Supposing you're the president of Russia, how would you start your Sunday off? Russian site RT watched as Putin started his day with a workout programme. The Russian growers aren't so relaxed. While the government is going for higher yields, growers are concerned about outdated storage facilities. Large.....


Russian retail ordered to scratch Western brands
Food destruction causes division
The Russian policy of destroying confiscated food, is dividing the Russian population. Although a majority is in favour of the policy, particularly when public health is at stake, others are speaking out against the policy. Recently, 20 tonnes of tomatoes from the Czech Republic were destroyed. Ecuador and.....


Russia has destroyed 606 tonnes of food since August 6
Rouble plunges even further
The Russian Minister of Agriculture supports the proposal to deal with smugglers of banned food more harshly. Since the beginning of August, Russia has destroyed about 606 tonnes of food. At the request of local residents, the Russian inspection investigated a greenhouse centre. Neighbours had complained.....


Russia: food smuggling equal to arms trade
Valencia wants kakis and pomegranates on compensation list
The government of Valencia pleads with the EU to add kakis and pomegranates to the list of products for which support is possible. The region expects that growers will be hit hard once again. The Polish minister invited Prime Minister Medvedev to come and sample apples. Recently, Medvedev accused the Poles.....


Moody's: Russia's import substitution only works for food
Putin dives during visit to Crimea
During a controversial visit to Crimea president Putin descended to the bottom of the Black Sea to look at a medieval shipwreck. Kiev responded angrily. According to Russia it is a domestic affair. The rouble reached a new low. After a period of recovery in the first half of the year the value of the Russian.....


Stricter border controls between Belarus and Kazakhstan
Russian government sued over destruction of food
There have been many responses in Russia to the government's demand that boycotted products be destroyed. Communists want the food to be given to the poor. Others propose using the products to generate power. A consumer organisation sued the government over the destruction. A legal proposal has been made in.....


Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein & Ukraine
Russia extends food embargo to 5 countries
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree that extends the list of countries that fall under Russian counter sanctions, he said at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, TASS reported."Now in addition to the European Union countries, Australia, Canada, Norway and the United States, that saw a ban on.....


Supermarket loses customers after sales sanctioned products
Year of Russian product embargo in figures
Polls show that the majority of Russians support the embargo, in spite of the rise in food prices. This week marked one year since the introduction of Russian food sanctions: up to the introduction of these sanctions, imported foreign foodstuffs made up more than 30% of the Russian market. Below is a figures.....


Russia to destroy banned Western food, Egypt exports more
Russia may extend list with 7 countries on embargo
The Russian food embargo may extend to another seven countries because of their support for anti-Russian sanctions. The new measures will affect production to the value of more than €460 million and the hardest hit manufactures will be Japan, Iceland and Ukraine. It is not yet known whether Switzerland will.....


Africa urged to exploit Russian opportunities
Russia opened doors for Mexican berries, avocados and lemons
The Russian borders are now open for Mexican produce from Jalisco. The first shipments of avocados, berries, lemon, cactus and other produce will start within 6 months. Currently, Jalisco is the leading producer of raspberry and blueberry, with 1,512 and 611 hectares planted, respectively, while.....


Brazil to strengthen trade relations with Russia
EU extends price support for produce hit by Russian import ban
Measures to support the price of EU dairy products, fruit and vegetables implemented last year in response to a Russian ban on European imports, will be extended into next year, the European Commission confirmed on Thursday.The European Commission, the EU executive, decided to take some produce off the.....


EC works on new support measure
Video: Russian growers benefit from boycott
In the Kaliningrad region, growers are benefiting from the boycott. A British news site made a video report at growers and the local market. The European Commission is working on a new compensation measure to absorb the market disruption risks caused by the boycott. In Russia, the government reports that.....


Compensations, new markets and smuggling routes
Retrospect: one year of closed Russian borders
Almost a year ago, the EU imposed sanctions on Russia due to Russian support to the separatists in Eastern Ukraine. In response to the sanctions, Russia closed the borders to products including fruit and veg from Europe, North America and Australia. We’re looking back on a year full of commotion for the.....


Russia best investment country BRICS
Mouldy oranges in Russian supermarket
In the Russian region of Pskov, the governor found mouldy oranges in the supermarket. The leader says it's not the first time. The Russian economy is deteriorating further, poverty is on the rise, retail revenue is up and the real wages are going down. Moscow calls on Kiev to implement the Minsk agreement,.....


Proposal Duma: lift boycott Greece
Copa Cogeca: EU extends support measure
Russia says it wants to support Greece by supplying energy and guarantees to Russian companies investing in Greece. In the Russian parliament, a proposal was made to lift the boycott against Greece. Copa Cogeca reports that the EU is extending the support measures for the agricultural sector. Later this.....


BRICS conference: Russia not isolated
Polish apples and Belgian pears intercepted
The European sanctions have a negative impact on Russia. Although by no means all investments in Russia are covered by the sanctions, it turns out that European companies do not want to run any risk. It's different in the energy sector, where Gazprom, in collaboration with three European companies, made a.....


Jeroen Buyck:
“Support for traders after boycott could be better”
The Russian boycott came as a surprise for everyone. Jeroen Buyck (right) of Calsa, located in Ardooie (Belgium), talks about the consequences of the trade war for the export and the investments to gain access to new markets. A market with millions of consumers can’t be replaced from one day to the next.What.....


Russia hit by drought
Russia intervenes in Greek crisis
President Putin decided to intervene in the Greek crisis. The president called the Greek Prime Minister, the French President and the IMF. In Russia, analysts are concerned about the consequences for Russia of the Greek 'no'. The Russian envoy in Europe said in an interview that European companies still try.....


FAO: boycott caused shift trade flows
"Insufficient results boycott for Russia"
According to the FAO, the main consequence of the closed Russian border is a restructuring of the global trade flows. According to an adviser to the Greek exporters, the door to Russia is really locked, and the country has to look for growth without this market. In Russia, critical voices are heard, saying.....


Canada reinforces sanctions, Russian response expected
Devaluation rouble, not boycott, biggest support growers
A study among Russians shows that most of the population believes the West wants to "humiliate and weaken" the Russians. The counter-sanctions have broad support among the population. Russian research shows that it wasn't the boycott that supported the Russian agricultural sector, but the devaluation of the.....


Boycott list remains the same
The list with boycotted products remains unchanged, the Russian Prime Minister says. Spanish export organization Fepex calls for an extension of the compensation, and an Iranian site interviewed a Serbian researcher about the situation. Het views the boycott from a different perspective.Boycott list remains.....

Inge Ribbens: "Careful recovery mainly thanks to external factors"
"Extension boycott not surprising, but disappointing"
The announced extension of the Russian boycott was no surprise for Inge Ribbens, responsible for the market access dossiers within GroentenFruit Huis. "There was already a lot of speculation in the media about the extension of the European sanctions, which is why exporters already indicated that an extension.....


boycott extended by a year, flower boycott feared as well
Putin doesn't take half measures
Yesterday it seemed that Russia would extend the boycott by six months, the same term by which the European sanctions were extended. Yesterday evening, President Putin signed a decree in which the extension of the boycott is established. Remarkably, the boycott isn't extended by six months, but by a year......


EC sees nothing in extension compensation
Russia extends boycott by 6 months
After the EU extended the sanctions, press agency Reuters reports that the boycott is also extended by six months. A proposal for the extension is reportedly on president Putin's table. A new list with products is also said to be in the making, which includes stricter rules regarding the boycott. It's not.....


Possible support BRICS Bank for Greece
EU extends sanctions against Russia: end boycott further off?
The EU has agreed on an extension of the sanctions against Russia. Although the European ministers of Foreign Affairs still have to vote on the proposal, this means an end to the boycott seems to be getting further out of sight. Russia has repeatedly announced in the media that a decision on lifting the.....


Russia embraces Chinese yuan
Draft proposal end boycott?
Russian companies are more frequently switching to the Chinese yuan in trade. Due to the sanctions, the dollar is less popular. Russian import turned out lower on average in the first months of the year, including from countries that aren't boycotted. Moldova resumes the export to Russia, and despite the.....


Russia open for Macedonia
464 projects to make Russia self-sufficient
The Russian borders will be opened to fruit and vegetables from Macedonia. Earlier, the country was boycotted because Russia feared criminals would export products illegally with forged certificates. Poverty in Russia is on the rise. The Russian government also says that the number of inhabitants below the.....

Interview to Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor, Dutch Russian Embassy
Abolition of the boycott still fully depends on the EU’s actions
Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, talked to FreshPlaza and offered some updates regarding the situation with the Russian ban on agricultural imports from the EU, as well as its future developments. We heard many rumours about a.....


G7: more sanctions if situation Ukraine doesn't change
Video: a lot of fresh produce on Moscow market
The inflation in Russia turned out lower in May than in April, a good sign for the economy. According to prime minister Medvedev, the country is largely self-sufficient. The G7 warned Russia that the Minsk agreements have to be carried out, otherwise the sanctions will be tightened. If the boycott of Moldova.....


First reefer line service South African fruit arrives in St Petersburg
Medvedev warns Europe against stricter sanctions
Russian prime minister Medvedev warned Europe that tightening the sanctions will be repaid by Russia in kind. Earlier this week, the first reefer entered the port of St. Petersburg, directly from South Africa. This season, reefers should follow every week. Chilean plums are 20 percent cheaper in St......


Russian supermarkets want imported produce
Moldova prefers Europe over Russia
Russia is taking steps to lift the boycott of Moldovan fruit. Still, the Eastern European country chooses the EU over Russia. Russia is inspecting companies in Lithuania. After Hungary, Cyprus and Greece, it's now the Baltic country's turn. The inspection is necessary to gain access to the Russian market......


Russian soldiers gather at border Ukraine
Belgian top fruit up to 40% cheaper because of boycott
At the eastern border of Ukraine, a convoy of Russian soldiers has been spotted, with equipment including tanks and missile installations rolling toward the border. America will maintain the sanctions the country imposed after the annexation of Crimea. The acreages in Russia have increased. According to.....


Medvedev: Decision on boycott lifting in August
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev confirmed once again that any decisions about the boycott will be taken in August and will depend on the position taken by Europe. According to the Russian phytosanitary service, there are negotiation attempts underway, but Europe is not collaborating. The EU approved about.....


FAO seedlings for East Ukraine
Russian incomprehension for tolerance illegal re-export EU
Sergey Dankvert, head of the Russian phytosanitary service in Russia, voiced his incomprehension of Russian media about the forged certificates for re-export he says are tolerated by European customs. The inspections of companies in Hungary, Greece and Cyprus have been completed. The phytosanitary service.....


Why Lavrov gave potatoes and tomatoes to Kerry
5,900 tonnes fruit and veg intercepted in 2015
The Russian economy has contracted in the first quarter. Prices for cabbage, onions and carrots have sharply increased. During a meeting between Russia and the U.S. last week, Lavrov gave potatoes and tomatoes to his American counterpart John Kerry. Several countries, including Uzbekistan, Jordan and.....


2 billion dollar Chinese-Russian agriculture fund
Tighter rules European re-export in the making
The authorities in Russia are considering tightening the re-export rules for Europe, with suspected document fraud being an immediate cause. In addition, Russia completed the inspections of Greek and Hungarian companies, but these countries do not have access to the Russian market yet. Russia is blocking.....

July 31 decision on EU sanctions Russia
European government leaders will ultimately take another decision on how to proceed with the sanction measures against Russia on July 31, 2015. Throughwww.handelmetrusland.nl, EVO keeps an eye on all developments regarding the sanctions. In July 2014, the EU government leaders decided to establish economic.....


Russian reserves replenished, but flight of capital continues
Austria against long-term conflict Russia
Austria visits Moscow, with talks about the Minsk agreements being included on the agenda. Austria is against a long-term conflict between Europe and Russia. There is also a lot of economic news about Russia. The country’s capital reserves increased by the end of April, but the lower reserves over the.....


Stricter import regulations Serbian apples
Polish apples destroyed
Russia is imposing stricter import regulations on Serbian apples to put an end to fraud and illegal imports of European apples, reports the Russian inspection service. Serbia understands the measure. A batch of Polish apples has been destroyed. The apples were found at a market after arriving from the.....


Turkey victim of Russia's goal to achieve self-sufficiency?
Russia inspects Greek companies
The Russian phytosanitary started its visits to Greek companies. Russia stresses that no final decisions have yet been made regarding the future of the boycott. Agriculture Minister Tkachev aims for the country to achieve 90% self-sufficiency in 2 to 3 years. Turkey seems to be a victim of Russia's strict.....