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FTA to allow Ukraine to export some fruit and veg to Israel

After signing a Free Trade Zone agreement (FTA) with Israel, Ukraine could start supplying significant quantities of fruit and vegetable products to this country, as stated by the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA) on its Facebook page.

"Every year, Israel spends about $ 400-450 million on the import of fruit and vegetable products. At the same time, the value of exports reaches almost a billion dollars. Therefore, it will not be easy to supply products to Israel, because this country is a net exporter of premium quality fruit and vegetable products. Moreover, the competition in this market is quite high, and the quality requirements are even higher," said experts of the association in a statement.

They also said that at the moment, Ukraine is supplying basically no fruit and vegetable products to Israel.

"An insignificant volume of frozen wild-growing blueberries and wild strawberries, worth a total of about $ 70,000, is all that the country is currently exporting to Israel," the association said.

However, after the signing of the FTA, experts of the association believe that Ukraine could start supplying significant amounts of the following goods to Israel:

- Walnuts. Now almost 100% of nuts are imported by Israel, with shipments worth about $ 37 million. Ukraine is the largest exporter of this product in Europe, but is currently not delivering any to Israel.

- Apples. Israel imports up to 25-30 thousand tonnes of apples annually, mostly premium ones from the US and Italy, and in the off-season, from Argentina. Also, a fairly significant amount of cheap apples are shipped from Turkey, China and Spain. Ukraine may well qualify for the average price segment and could actually supply 5-7 thousand tonnes of apples a year in the future.

- Frozen and fresh berries. Israelis mainly import these from China, Poland, Serbia and Belgium, paying about $ 12 million a year. Ukraine could definitely cover some market niches.

- Onions. Now almost 100% of onions are imported to Israel from the Netherlands, paying about $ 2.5 million. Ukraine could take a share of this market.

- Tomatoes. Almost 100% of Israeli imports come from Turkey, spending about $ 17 million per year. In summer, when Israel's local production, as well as Turkey's, is hampered by high temperatures, Ukraine could supply tomatoes to this market.


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