Since the Russian Federation decided to increase the quota of tomatoes imported from Turkey, Turkish exporters have sent over $8 million worth of tomatoes, says Aegean Exporters' Association (EİB) data released Thursday. Moscow increased the quota by 50,000 tons from 150,000 to 200,000 tons.
Expected to fill the quota in a short time, Turkish exporters expect Russia to completely remove this restriction. Turkey made $304.4 million from the exports of 535,000 tons of tomatoes in 2019. Russia, one of the top export markets, purchased 98,000 tons of Turkish tomatoes for $86 million last year.
In the period between Jan. 1 and March 17, tomato exports to Russia amounted to $30.3 million. Turkey asked for a quota increase from Russia to maintain the same intensity achieved in the first months of the year. Having assessed Turkey's demand, Russia decided to increase the tomato quota by 50,000 tons as of March 7.