18% drop in Polish fresh produce exports in 2014/2015 season

According to Eurostat data, Poland's fresh fruit and vegetable exports in the 2014/2015 season (July 2014 - June 2015), decreased by 18% compared to the 2013/2014 campaign, reaching 1,786 thousand tonnes. Moreover, the decline in global fruit and vegetable prices contributed to an even deeper drop in the revenue generated, which amounted to 1.02 billion Euro compared to 1.27 billion in the previous season.

The reduction of exports was mostly a result of the decline in apple shipments. According to European statistics, a total of 890 thousand tonnes, were shipped, which is 20.3% less than in the same period a year earlier and 29.5% lower than the record exports of the 2012/2013 season. It is worth noting that the growth of apple exports has significantly slowed down in the last quarter of 2014/2015; in total, from April to June, Poland exported 264 thousand tonnes of apples, about 35% less than in the same period a year ago.

The decline in cabbage exports was also noteworthy. In the 2014/2015 season, total shipments amounted to over 112 thousand tonnes, about 42 thousand tonnes less than in the previous season. Tomato exports were also significantly reduced; Eurostat data show that in the 2014/2015 season they amounted to 83.5 thousand tonnes, compared to 113 thousand tonnes a year earlier. 

The main cause of the drop in these three categories was the loss of sales in the Russian market, despite the fact that exports to other destinations besides Russia increased by 12.4%, totalling 1,759 thousand tonnes. The country where sales increased to the greatest extent in terms of volume was Belarus (+27%, to 340 thousand tonnes). Belarus has become the largest recipient of Polish fruit and vegetables in the 2014/2015 season. Other noteworthy destinations were Serbia (20.3 thousand tonnes), Ukraine (22.1 thousand tonnes), Bosnia and Herzegovina (12.3 thousand tonnes) and Kazakhstan (10 thousand tonnes).

Source: kups.org.pl

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