Turkey exported a record number of pears and quinces last year. According to data provided by the Uludag Exporters' Association, pears, which are grown mainly in Bursa, were exported to 53 countries.
Pear exports increased by 33,7% in 2018 compared to 2017 and the volume increased from 36,2 thousand tons to 48,5 thousand tons. The revenue generated from pear exports increased by 10% in 2018 and totaled 22 million USD (19,3 million Euro).
60% of the pear exports are destined to Romania and Iraq
Iraq is the top importer of Turkish pears. The export to Iraq increased by 40% and increased from 11,7 thousand tons to 16,5 thousand tons. Last year, 2,3 million USD (2 million Euro) worth of products were exported to Iraq.
Russia imported 12 thousand 229 tons of pears and came second after Iraq in terms of volume. Russia paid Turkish exporters a total of 7,2 million USD (6,3 million Euro).
Turkey's exports to these two countries constituted 60% of its pear exports.
Pear exports to Romania and Germany have seen an important increase as well.
The export of pears to Romania increased by 138% last year in terms of volume, and reached 2,8 thousand tons. The revenue generated from the export to Romania doubled and reached 2 million USD.
Germany also increased its imports of Turkish pear by 79% and the volume of pears increased from 527 tons to 943 tons. The revenue increased from 588 thousand USD (518 thousand Euro) to 1 million USD (1,76 million Euro).
Quinces were exported to 46 countries
The export of quinces increased by 5% in 2018 and reached 19,9 tons. The revenue generated from this increased by 8% and totaled a record number of 13,4 million USD (11,8 million Euro).
Last year, the top 5 importers of Turkish quinces were Russia, Germany, Romania, the Netherlands and France. The export of quinces to Russia increased by 8% and reached 5,9 thousand tons. The revenue generated from this totaled 3 million 839 thousand USD (3,37 million Euro).
Germany was the second largest importer of Turkish quinces last year. With an increase by 22%, Germany imported 2 thousand 783 tons of quinces. Turkey got 2,8 million USD (2,47 million Euro) in return.