Uzbek pomegranates are for sale in several retail outlets in South Korea. An inquisitive consumer spotted a package of three pomegranates - indicating the country of origin to be Uzbekistan – that was being sold for 10,000 KRW ($8.4). This means the fruit sells for $2.8 apiece.
According to the Customs Committee of the republic, 125 tons of pomegranates were exported to South Korea from the start of August to late September 2021. Some 97% of this volume was delivered by air, which explains such a high price of Uzbek pomegranates on the South Korean market.
In just two months of the pomegranate export season – from the beginning of August to the end of September 2021, Uzbekistan exported 5,900 tons of pomegranates worth $4.3 million. In the same period of 2020, the volume of pomegranate exports amounted to 3,800 tons worth $4.6 million.
In August-September 2021, 87% of all pomegranate exports from Uzbekistan accounted for three countries – Russia (50%), Kazakhstan (26%) and Kyrgyzstan (11%). The rest was shipped to Ukraine, South Korea, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Latvia, Germany, Czech Republic and Mongolia.
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