Russian fruit imports in January 2021 remained virtually unchanged compared to the same month in 2020, but there were some significant changes in the import structure. First of all, there is the decrease in the volume of imports of two key items: bananas and apples.
Banana imports to Russia fell by 12%, to 115,000 tons, while apple imports fell by 29% to 38,000 tons in January. This supports earlier findings on the growth of production and apple stocks in the Russian market, despite alleged decrease in production in 2020 due to frosts. Also, prices in this market continue to fall even now, at the end of March.
Regarding the structure of Russian fruit imports in January 2021, the sharp increase in mandarin imports should be noted. The main increase in supply of these citrus fruits was from Turkey, Pakistan and Georgia. At the same time, the imports of mandarins from Egypt to the Russian Federation fell.
The import of oranges also increased, although not as sharply as the import of mandarins. Egypt became the main beneficiary here and increased supplies by 42%. The supply of oranges from Morocco to Russia fell by half in January 2021. The import of persimmons continues to grow rapidly; in January 2021, Russia imported 37% more of these fruits than in the same month of last year, and the main increase was provided by imports from Azerbaijan and Iran, which almost ousted Turkey from the Russian market.