According to EastFruit analysts, at the end of 2018, Uzbekistan lost its place in the top three of the world's leading persimmon exporters, losing out to China, reports Podrobno.uz
Over that year, persimmon exports from Uzbekistan amounted to 55 thousand tons, which was 18 thousand tons less than in 2017. In spite of the fact that China's volume of persimmon exports also fell, it was still able to surpass Uzbekistan in the ranking.
Almost all Uzbek persimmons were supplied to the markets of Kazakhstan and Russia. Significantly smaller volumes were also exported to Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. However, according to trade sources, a significant volume of persimmons of Uzbek origin supplied to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan were then re-exported to the Russian market.
Also worthy of note is the significant increase in persimmon shipments from Uzbekistan to Belarus and Ukraine. Exports to Belarus more than tripled, reaching 763 tons, while those to Ukraine doubled and stood at 593 tons. A trial batch of Uzbek persimmons was also shipped to the UAE market.
The global leaders in persimmon exports were still Spain and Azerbaijan, which in 2018 exported 168.3 thousand tons and 150.9 thousand tons of the fruit, respectively. Persimmon exports from Spain fell sharply compared to 2017, while exports from Azerbaijan increased significantly. Presumably, part of the export volume of Azerbaijani persimmons was accounted for by the re-export of fruits from other countries.
The top twenty of the world's largest persimmon exporters also included Georgia, Tajikistan and Armenia. All of these countries have seen their exports increase.
International trade in persimmons amounts to about 600-700 thousand tons per year worth 500-600 million dollars. Russia is the main importer worldwide by far. This country annually imports more than 160 thousand tons of persimmons worth $ 130 million.
Germany takes second place, and Kazakhstan, which mainly re-exports the fruit, stands third. The ranking also includes Ukraine, France, Italy, Belarus, Lithuania, Thailand and Poland.