Tonnage of fruit imports to Russia down, but up value-wise in Q1 2020

According to the SeaNews Russian Foreign Trade Customs Statistics online service, in Russia imported 1.5 million tons of fresh and dried fruit (-2.7% year-on-year) worth $1.3 bn (+8.4%) Q1 2020.

Fresh and dried bananas accounted for the largest share of imports amounting to 438.7 million tons (+2.8%) worth $326.3 million (+3.1%). Ecuador was the main bananas exporting countries accounting for almost 100% of all Russia’s banana imports, both in physical and monetary terms.

Import of apples declined by 2.2% down to 239.600 tons in terms of tonnage, but increased by 26% up to $153.8 million in terms of value. The largest apple exporters were Serbia and Moldova.

Import of oranges amounted to 189.700 tons (-0.7%) worth $ 121.4 million (+12.3%) mostly coming from Egypt and Turkey.

The largest exporters of mandarins to Russia in the first quarter of 2020 were Pakistan, Turkey, Morocco and Egypt. During the reporting period, 167.600 tons of mandarins (+6.5%) worth $121.2 million (+7.9%) was imported.

Value of fresh and dried fruit imports Q1. Image: SeaNews

Lemons and limes import made 56.700 tons (-2.6%) worth $51 million (+19.7%). The main country of origin was Turkey.

Imports of fresh and dried grapes increased by 0.6% up to 50.100 tons in terms of tonnage and by 7% up to $79.7 million in terms of value. The largest volumes came from India, Moldova, Peru and South Africa.

Pear imports amounted to 45.100 tons, 33% less than during the same period in 2019. In monetary terms, pears import supplies increased by 7.5% to make $43.1 million . Most of the volume came from Argentina, South Africa and Turkey.


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