Turkey recently finalized the deal to export cherries to China and exported 1 million 380 thousand USD (1 million 225 thousand Euro) worth of cherries. Turkey also increased its cherry exports to Hong Kong by 76% and the total export value reached 3 million 357 thousand USD.
Turkey's efforts to export cherries to China finally paid off. The country managed to export 1 million 380 thousand USD worth of cherries to China, a country that imports 800 million USD (710 million Euro) worth of cherries per year.
Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association's chairman Hayrettin Ucak announced that exports started following negotiations with China. Stating that the protocol with China was only signed in mid-season, Ucak said: "Despite the fact that we signed the deal in the middle of the season, our exporters managed to build network and started to export cherries. Thanks to these figures, this year, we aim to reach an export value of 200 million USD (177,6 million Euro)."
Exports will increase thanks to air freight
Emphasizing that China might be the top market for Turkish cherry exports, Ucak said: "Air freight is very important in the exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to China and other Far Eastern countries. Turkish exporters will be more active in the global market thanks to air freight."
Turkey exported 65 thousand tons of cherries from January 1 to July 10, 2019 and earned 155 million 650 thousand USD (138 million 270 thousand Euro). Turkey, last year in the same period, exported 69 thousand tons of cherries in return of 152 million 198 thousand USD (135 million 210 thousand Euro).
In terms of volume, exports decreased by 6%, however in terms of value, exports increased by 2%. The export season for cherries was delayed by 2 weeks this year due to weather conditions. Considering this, it is expected that these numbers will be higher at the end of the season.
Germany ranks first in cherry exports with 77 million USD (68,4 million Euro) which is followed by Russia with 34 million USD (30,2 million Euro). Turkey exported 8 million USD (7,1 million Euro) worth of cherries to the Netherlands which is followed by Norway, Austria, Hong Kong, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Iraq.