Frutilia is a fruit and vegetable export company in the Republic of Georgia with 15 years of trade experience. While Frutilia has been exporting to post-Soviet states, it has also been working towards establishing links in the European market ever since the EU signed an Association Agreement with its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with Georgia on 27 June 2014.
Now, in the complicated year that is 2020, for the first time in the history of the company and the country, Georgian peaches and nectarines were exported to the European market in Poland.
Earlier this year, EastFruit spoke to Vakhtang Bezhitashvili, Founder of Frutilia, the first cargo shipment containing 20 tons of Georgian peaches and nectarines arrived safely at the Polish border. Initially, the Polish importer was not able to accept the Georgian fruits due to some errors in the document issued by the phytosanitary service of Georgia. However, Frutilia promptly corrected the inaccuracies and presented the revised document to the Polish customs officers for re-examination.
At the time, Vakhtang Bezhitashvili hoped their Georgian products would reach their destination in time despite the unforeseen delay so as not affect the fruits’ quality. Also, according to the requirements for imported agricultural products from non-EU countries, perishable fruits must pass laboratory control in Poland.
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