EastFruit analysts are drawing attention to a sharp decline in fruit exports from Uzbekistan to China, which is considered a good alternative to the Russian market. In the first 7 months of 2020, the volume of exports of Uzbek fruits and vegetables to China has dropped by 44%, to $ 19 million.
The sharpest decline was recorded by fresh cherries. During the season, Uzbekistan managed to export to China only a little over 100 tons of cherries, while a year earlier, the volume of Uzbek cherries shipped to China exceeded 600 tons. The main reason, according to market participants, was a reduction in Uzbekistan's cherry production in 2020 due to spring frosts, issues with product quality and problems with the logistics, since the cherry ripening happened during the period of strict quarantine measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the same period, Chile supplied 165 tons of fresh cherries to China, while neighboring Kyrgyzstan exported 164 tons.
Also, the export of Uzbek raisins has dropped dramatically. The supply of raisins to China from Uzbekistan has more than halved, from 13.7 thousand tons in the first seven months of 2019 to 5.9 thousand tons in the same period of 2020. It is worth noting that despite this sharp decline in raisin exports, Uzbekistan has been able to maintain its leadership in the ranking of China's largest raisin suppliers. Its main competitors, the United States, Chile and Turkey, have not reduced their raisin exports to China as significantly.
The only product with which Uzbekistan has managed to increase its exports to China is dried apricots. The supply of Uzbek dried apricots to the Chinese market has more than doubled, although it remains quite small, with just over 200 tons.