According to EastFruit analysts, the Middle East became the most important market for Ukrainian apples in the spring of 2019. In March-April 2019, Ukrainian producers exported more than 10 thousand tons of fresh apples to the countries of the Middle East, and in the first four months of the year, almost 18 thousand tons.
The main Middle Eastern importers of apples from Ukraine were Turkey and Iraq, which averaged about 2 thousand tons of Ukrainian apples every month. Ukraine exported over 600 tons of apples to the United Arab Emirates every month in 2019, and about 150 tons per month to Saudi Arabia.
The Russian market also remained very important; however, for the first time, the volumes of re-export of Ukrainian apples to Russia were surpassed by the volumes supplied to the countries of the Middle East. On average, up to 3 thousand tons of Ukrainian apples have ended up in Russia every month; that is, one and a half times less than what has been shipped to the countries of the Middle East.
It is worth noting that a significant part of the export of Ukrainian apples to Turkey was not intended for this country. Turkey re-exported those fresh Ukrainian apple to Egypt and Iraq, and, according to unconfirmed reports, Turkey also supplied Ukrainian apples to Russia.
Among the largest importers of Ukrainian apples were also Sweden, Malaysia and India, which purchased between 100 and 300 tons of apples per month.