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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.....


Cabbage prices triple
Russia tightens boycott
Russia has taken the first step to tighten the sanctions against Europe. Re-exports from Bulgaria have been prohibited since last weekend and the Kremlin does not discard adding more countries to the list. The reason is alleged document fraud. Cabbage prices in Russia have tripled over the past six months;.....


Fraud with documents import Russia
Russian ministry proposes removal products embargo list
A new Minister of Agriculture is to give the Russian sector a boost. The assignment for Alexander Tkachev, who took up this position on Wednesday: fill up the market as quickly as possible with domestic produce. The Russian Ministry of Economic Affairs proposes to remove products from the embargo list......


Grimme gets into Russian potato cultivation
Greek export Russia not without approval Brussels
If Russia opens its borders to Greek products, approval from the European Commission is required before trade can get started, an EU representative told Russian media on a visit to the country with a delegation. The Russian inspections at companies in Greece, Hungary, Cyprus and India will continue......


“Russia over worst of crisis”
The Russian economy will start growing again within two years, president Putin said yesterday during his annual TV show in which he answers questions from the people for hours. “Experts believe the worst of the crisis is over for us,” the president said. Since the beginning of this year, the rouble has.....


Nikolai Patrushev: “West wants to take over the world”
Limited impact boycott on greenhouse vegetable sector
In general, the Russian boycott has little impact on the Dutch greenhouse vegetable sector, accountancy firm Accon writes in a press release. Egyptian export to Russia doubled last year, Egyptian exporters report. Russia is also in talks with Chile and Thailand to increase export. China is simplifying.....

Russian ban may be lifted for Greek, Cypriote and Hungarian products
According to the head of the Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexei Pushkov, Russia is studying the possibility of lifting the embargo on food imports for three EU countries: Greece, Cyprus and Hungary.Next week, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.....


Price war Russia Kazakhstan
Russia opens borders to Dutch seed potatoes today
Russia opens its borders to 24,000 tonnes of seed potatoes from the Netherlands. That makes the Netherlands the fourth EU country to be given permission for export. Potato import from Egypt is limited by Russia through temporary restrictions, and Germany is reported to have suffered 600.....


Moldovian apple producers suffer from Russian ban
Constantin Furculita, apple producer in Moldova says that “we found ourselves from one day to the next under the embargo with harvest in the fields”. The 35 year old, who has invested about 2 million dollars in a 42 hectare orchard, explains that “until 2014, 99% of my production was destined for the.....


Russian alternative to American fast food
Greek 'bypass' for boycott
There appears to be some room for a bypass, which means Greece would be able to export banned products to Russia after all. No official agreements have been made, but there are possibilities through a construction with joint ventures. The planned inspections of Greek companies by the Russian phytosanitary.....


No boycott end after Greek visit to Moscow
Yesterday, Greek prime minister Tsipras visited the Kremlin. The EU could only watch with clenched teeth as the Greek prime minister travelled to Moscow. One of the items on the agenda was a partial lifting of the boycott. Although expectations were high, especially after a minister reportedly said that.....


Russian funds decreasing
Athens flirts with Moscow
Russian funds have decreased by 9.5 billion dollars. The money was used to support Russian companies. Athens is still flirting with Moscow. This week, Greek prime minister Tsipras is visiting the Kremlin. The agenda includes partially lifting the boycott, and a lower gas price. Poland is building guard.....


Indian grape export profits from boycott
First Polish apples in India
Russian import decreased by 35% in the first quarter. The most important cause is the economic situation in the country meanwhile the rouble seems to be recovering further. Indian fruit importer and exporter IG International expects to profit from the boycott this year, by increasing the export to the.....


Capital for Russian companies: IPO or Asian investors
Greek prime minister withdraws support EU sanctions
Athens is flirting with Moscow. In addition to a lower gas price and Greek interest in a new gas pipeline through Turkey, prime minister Tsipras has publicly renounced his support of the European sanctions. Serbia is prosecuting a number of exporters suspected of illegal re-export, the boycott is off. A.....


Poland gives apples to US soldiers
Russian companies incur 2.4 billion loss
In Eastern Europe, concerns about the crisis with Russia are increasing. Countries including Poland and the Baltic states are afraid that they'll be the next country on the list where Putin will interfere. The rouble appears to stabilize, which is a ray of hope for the Russian economy. On the other hand,.....


EU extends sanctions against Russia
Russia on road to partial end boycott
The EU is extending its sanctions against Russia at least until the end of this year. That is the outcome of last week's talks. Russia, on the other hand, has embarked on the road to ending the boycott. The inspection service is visiting a number of producers of animal products next month, beginning in.....

Poland and Oman talking about trade agreement
Ambassador Russia: no danger boycott Serbian fruit
Russians appear to be resorting to currencies other than the rouble, and Russian have removed 34 billion dollars in capital from Russian banks last year. Poland sees many opportunities in Oman, the Gulf state has confidence in Polish produce. The Ukrainian apple import, especially from Poland and.....


Spain and Bulgaria also in talks with Kremlin
Stricter legislation for foreign transport companies in Russia
Russia confirmed last week that Greece has filed an official request to lift the sanctions against Greece. According to a Greek strawberry grower, plenty of European products are finding their way to Russia, however. The EU appears to be stopping a previously announced deal between Hungary and Russia on a.....


Transnistria included in Russia's self-sufficiency programme
Russia and Switzerland want to address illegal re-export
Russia is including the internationally unrecognized state of Transnistria in the Russian self-sufficiency programme. In future, export from Transnistria should become easier. Russia is also attempting to make a deal with Switzerland regarding an electronic system to track products. Russia is still having.....


Russian Central Bank lowers interest
Chilean plums cheaper in St. Petersburg
Today, it's possible that Putin's disappearance will come to an end. The Russian prime minister hasn't been seen in public for over a week, resulting in a lot of speculation about his health and whereabouts. For today, a meeting with the president of Kyrgyzstan is planned. This week, the EU is also meeting.....


Putin's divide and conquer strategy?
EC publishes overview price development
The European Commission recently published an overview of the price changes for a number of products in the final weeks of 2014. Several European countries appear to be strengthening the ties with Moscow. Hungary got a visit from Putin. Greece asked Russia to lift the sanctions on the country, and the.....


Putin lowers ministers' wages
EU working on support plan for Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova
The EU is working on a package of aid measures for Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. The package is to be presented at a meeting in May in Riga. Within the EU, it's feared that Russia will also get involved in the political situation in other Eastern European countries. During an LTO Noord meeting, Mark.....

Russian investors to Serbia
No support Russian ministry for quota domestic produce
Last month, two proposals were made in the Russian parliament to establish a quota for Russian produce on store shelves. The Ministry of Industry and Trade, however, has announced it doesn't see the proposal as a viable option. A large study of the Russian agricultural sector should provide additional.....


Russian politicians propose ending sanctions
Greeks ask for sanctions to be lifted: Russia optimistic
Greece unofficially asked Russia this weekend to lift the ban on certain Greek products. Russia is looking into the possibilities, for instance import of Greek fruit as a raw material for processed products. Last month, Putin announced a desire to cooperate with companies in Hungary. Cyprus also wants to.....


Worries about customs capacity seedling checks
"Armenia and Turkey cannot replace Greek stonefruit"
Polish apple growers hope that, if the Russian borders open up again, their market share will be equal to their position before the boycott. According to the Greek exporters' association, Armenia, Turkey and Iran are not capable of replacing the loss of Greek stonefruit on the Russian market. Siberian soft.....


Tengelmann starts with discount stores in Russia
Russia opens borders for Moldovan apple
Moldova exported more grapes to Europe last year than in 2013. For the upcoming season, Moldova wants to increase this volume even further. Russia is opening its borders for Moldovan apples, ending the boycott of Moldovan apples that lasted for over half a year. This is initially a trial period. The prices.....


Russian import 2014 down 670,000 tonnes
The import of fruit and vegetables in Russia turned out lower last year than in 2013. All in all, 8 million tonnes was imported, 6% below the 2013 level, when nearly 8.5 million tonnes was imported. That means the import returns to a level comparable to 2012, when around 8 million tonnes was imported as.....


Russia sells American government bonds
Exchange rate rouble big impact on imported products
Once again, statistics show that prices of imported products in Russia are generally on the rise. Bananas, pears and apples became more expensive. The main cause is the exchange rate. To help get the economy going, the Russian government recently sold 22 billion in American government bonds. Moldovan.....


Russian importers on economic situation
Product range and volumes adjusted after freefall rouble
Russian trade was rocked by a fast devaluation of the rouble last year. ‘Black Tuesday’ was truly a black day for Russian trade, the rouble lost about twenty percent of its value in a day. During this period, Russian importers had to put faith in years of relations with suppliers.“It was a complicated time,”.....


Magnit safe haven investors
Russia finds no alternative for Conference
Russian importers are having problems finding alternatives for the Dutch and Belgian Conference pears. For apples, other partners have been found, but this is turning out to be a lot more difficult for pears. Investors are pinning their hopes on Russian supermarket Magnit. Magnit’s discount formula is.....


Poland wants to take more off the market
No exotics and organic produce in Russia
Russia, Ecuador and Venezuela were all hit hard by the lower oil price. The countries met last week in Moscow. The relationship between the countries has improved lately. Iran still has plans to increase its market share in Russia, with particularly big expectations for apples. Prices in Russia have gone up.....

Bonduelle sees increase in sales in Russia
The food embargo and plummeting rouble have increased demand for canned vegetables, leading to a 20-65% growth in sales for the sector’s leaders. French group Bonduelle, specialising in frozen and canned vegetables, were the first to announce a clear increase in sales. In Bonduelle’s report of the first.....


Export EU not less, but value decreased
Russia and Egypt let go of dollar
Russia and Egypt report they will soon let go of the dollar, using the rouble and Egyptian pound to trade instead. Rating agency Moody's lowered the credit rating of districts and companies in Russia. Moscow and St Petersburg were among those being downgraded. In Russia, prices increased because of the.....


Looming potato shortage for Russia
When Putin announced the boycott in the summer of 2014, he knew he could count on a good harvest. Local fruit and vegetables were available in abundance, and the country generally succeeded in finding new suppliers, for instance in China, Turkey, Israel, Morocco and the southern hemisphere. For the coming.....


China invests in export facilities on border
South Africa main citrus supplier to Russia
This weekend, the presidents of France, Ukraine and Russia and the chancellor of Germany agreed to meet on Wednesday in Minsk, to discuss a solution for East Ukraine. The starting point is the ceasefire, which was agreed upon in September last year, but hasn't been observed. The chance of the talks resulting.....


Weak rouble could cost Metro 200 million
Russia postpones lifting sanctions
The Russian phytosanitary service reports postponing plans to lift the sanctions. The service wanted to relax the restrictions on meat and potatoes, but blames the EU for not appreciating this step. The EU denies that there have been talks. The inspection does visit Moldovan apple growers. Afghanistan.....


Serbia and Russia partner against illegal import
EU extends sanctions Russia
The European ministers of Foreign Affairs have reached an agreement on extending the sanctions against Russia. There was some uncertainty on the Greek point of view beforehand, but in the end the Greek minister acceded. The government leaders still need to have their say on the agreement. Moldova, meanwhile,.....


"Junk status Russia unjustified"
Egypt seeks free trade zone with EEU
Egypt is said to be on the verge of signing a free trade agreement with the EEU, the union of former Soviet republics. The ties between Russia and Syria are also being strengthened. According to Russia, the downgrade to junk status is unjustified, with the Russian economy's strengths not being taken into.....


No end to boycott if European sanctions remain
Prices Russia up to +654%
As long as Europe doesn't tone down its sanctions, Russia will maintain its boycott, the Russian government reports. A study in Russian supermarkets in Samara, Central Russia, shows that prices for vegetables have gone up significantly. And if a proposal by the government is voted through, Russia will be a.....


Greek peach growers threaten actions
Partial end boycott on Russian terms
Following a summit meeting between the EU and Russia on trade last week in Berlin, a deal was struck on the end of the boycott. Russia is allowed to determine what products and from what countries export will be allowed again. It is not yet known for what products the borders will open up again. And in case.....


Potato prices Romania significantly lower
Majority of Russians support boycott
The Russian inspection service has once again sent back a shipment of fruit to Belarus. It consisted of 137 tonnes of oranges, mandarins and apples, of which the included documents weren't in order. In Romania, potato prices are 36% lower because of overproduction and the boycott. The Chinese apple export to.....

Russian veto
Spain: 3 million kilos of produce withdrawn by Murcia
Since the Russian market was closed to European products, Murcia has withdrawn a total of 3 million kilos of produce, mainly table grapes, peaches, nectarines and plums, which entailed some 900,000 Euro in aid for the sector.The Region of Murcia showed its support to the withdrawal of produce for charitable.....


Fewer plums in Russia due to boycott
Positive signals EU and Russia on sanctions
From both European and Russian sides, careful signals are being heard about relaxation of the sanctions. Russia is convinced that the sanctions will be lifted, but doesn't mention a time schedule. President Hollande says he's willing to discuss the sanctions, if the talks this week in Kazakhstan about the.....


Russian crisis negative for European ports
Turkish export to Russia decreased
Early this week, the rouble recovered a bit after the rapid fall last month. Its value increased by almost 3% compared to the euro and the dollar. The economic situation in Russia may have consequences for logistical parties and ports in Europe. The port of Hamburg saw the export to Russia go down by 5.9%.....