As tax incentives for the supply of apples from Moldova to Russia were cancelled on April 1, 2021, there now has been a sharp increase in the interest of Russian fruit importers in Serbian apples. Suppliers from the latter country were quick to respond as stocks of apples in Serbia’s fruit storage facilities are quite high and EU prices have been under pressure in recent weeks.
Also, in the last two seasons Serbia has been actively looking for alternatives to the Russian market when exporting fresh apples, since Serbian farmers and traders are faced with growing competition in the Russian market from locally grown fruits as well as from the apples shipped to Russia by Iran and Turkey.
Presently exports of high and medium quality apples to Russia from Serbia are very relevant, as prices in Russia now reach US$0.90-0.92 per kg for such products. Perhaps, one of the reasons for the increase in the demand by Russian buyers are due to overestimation of the local apple stocks; in January 2021, apple imports turned out to be unexpectedly low.