Poland: Export prices down on fresh and frozen veg

According to Poland's Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment (IAFE), despite higher harvest volumes, the country's total fresh vegetable exports in the 2014/15 season may be lower than in the previous campaign, mostly as a result of a drop in the export of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and cabbage. In previous seasons, the Russian market was, by far, the main destination for these vegetables.

In the 2011-2013 period, Russia received approximately 60% of all Polish cabbage exports, around 50% of all tomato and cucumber shipments and 40% of Poland's peppers. Exports to new markets or increasing sales to existing customers are consequently not likely to compensate for the loss of the Russian market.

Increases in foreign sales have mostly been registered with other vegetables, especially onions, cauliflower and lettuce, which represented an insignificant share of the country's exports to Russia. Export prices of almost all fresh vegetables are lower than those of the 2013/14 season, especially for onions and cabbage. Average export prices of fresh vegetables have dropped from 0.52 to 0.45 Euro/kg, and the revenue generated has been reduced by 17%, down to 230 million Euro. The volume of foreign sales has been estimated to have declined by approximately 5%, to 505 thousand tonnes.

Meanwhile, exports of frozen vegetables should increase, mainly to the EU-15, as a result of lower prices. The products expected to register the biggest price drops are frozen onions, frozen green beans and frozen cauliflower. The average export prices of the product group may decrease from 0.56 to 0.52 Euro/kg and the revenue generated is estimated to drop from 239 to 222 million Euro.

Source: portalspozywczy.pl

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