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Special  —  Russia


Iran boycotts re-export of Turkish product to Russia

French minister: sanctions could end this summer

The French minister hopes that the sanctions against Russia can end before the summer. The American minister John Kerry also recently voiced this hope. Russia intercepted and destroyed various parties of fruits and vegetables from boycotted countries in recent weeks. Iran is boycotting the re-export of.....

Russian prices lower than last year

Turkish peppers dodge bullet

The impact on the Turkish sector is varied. Grape exporters saw their most important market drop out, as did tomato growers. Pepper growers, on the other hand, have not been hindered. Putin didn't close the borders for peppers. The Russian parliament is supporting the government's efforts to become self.....

Kiev angry at Russian opposition to transit

Russia profiting insufficiently from low rouble exchange rate

The Russian government faces a heavy task. The budget for this year has to be reviewed. Due to the low oil price, the income, which makes up around half of the budget, is under pressure. Departments have already been asked to save 10 percent. According to an American economist Russia is making insufficient.....

Spain compensates Russia loss

Sanctions after Crimea annex: "stupid and damaging"

In an extensive interview with the German newspaper Bild Putin went into detail about various developments. He called the sanctions the West placed after the annexing of the Crimea "stupid and damaging". Putin also stated that the Iron Curtain hasn't been brought down, but moved east. The decreasing oil.....

Russia has record harvest in 2015

Turkey - Russia conflict for WTO

Turkey wants the WTO to make a ruling on the Russian boycott. According to Ankara, Moscow is breaching international agreements by closing its borders. Russia is convinced that this is not the case. According to reports, the first exporters in Turkey have closed their doors. They are the first victims of the.....

Russia: no more high prices, smuggling from Turkey expected

Turkey's Plan B: markets in the Middle East and Africa

Neither Turkey not Russia have reported any adverse consequences from the boycott; although Turkish exporters have been shifting their gaze to new markets in the Middle East and Africa. Russia wants to increase import from Sudan and Ukraine closed its borders to Russian products.Ukraine boycotts RussiaThe.....

2015: A look back on the Russian boycott

Extending, destroying and anticipating

This past year has been full of news about Russia and the boycott. In this last edition of the year we take a look back, we separate the important from the unimportant, and we see that what is left over is continued political tension and possibly acquiescence, with an additional Russian blow to Turkey.Russia.....

France in talks with Russia

Russia boycotts Ukraine

The Russian government has expanded economic sanctions against Ukraine. Starting January 1st food from the Eastern European country is banned. The reason being Ukraine's rapprochement with the EU. France hinted at the intention to resume the export of agricultural products to Russia during talks with the.....

Critical businessmen an internet hit

EU extends Russian sanctions

Europe had extended the sanctions against Russia by another six months. The sanctions were supposed to end on January 1. A number of Russian businessmen criticised the Kremlin in public. Videos of these speeches have become internet hits. Israeli peppers were refused due to phytosanitary ecxeedances.EU.....

EU meets to extend sanctions

Citrus prices doubling in Russia?

The EU is meeting this week to discuss renewing the sanctions against Russia. Last summer the measures were extended by six months. This period ends in January. Russia introduced additional sanctions against Turkey without concern for the fresh produce sector. The free trade agreement between Russia and the.....

President Putin:

"Russian response more than boycotting tomatoes"

The political tensions between Turkey and Russia are running high. Last week president Putin hinted that a boycott will not be the only measure the country will take. Last weekend a Russian navy ship fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing boot. At Russian customer, multiple parties of mandarins and.....

Ruble down again

Turkish citrus sector calls for government action

The Turkish citrus sector has called on the government to take action to limit the loss the sector is now seeing. The sector is in a difficult situation now that Russia has closed its borders. Traders are looking for alternative solutions both within Turkey and abroad. And Ankara is considering its own set.....

Strike brings traffic to a halt in Moscow

Russia announces tighter controls on Belarus

Russia to start a much stricter control of imports from Belarus. In recent months many products, with import documents not in order, were intercepted. The stricter inspection will also take illegal imports from Turkey into account. Last week truckers in Moscow stopped traffic completely because of the.....

Turkish lemons going to Russia

Turkish market feels first blows from boycott

Russia says the list with boycotted products will not be expanded, for the time being. Although Putin did say they will keep the possibility to expand the sanction list open. The damage to Turkey thus far has been 746 million dollars. While the boycott is not yet in force, there are already reports of.....

Russia intercepts illegal products again

Russian inspection visits Netherlands

Although the Russian boycott of Turkish products has been dominating the news these days, the boycott of Europe and other countries is still in force. The Russian inspection intercepted several shipments of illegally imported fruit and vegetables in the past days. Also, the Russian inspection is visiting.....

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

VIDEO 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,.....