In 2021, Ukrainian frozen raspberries were exported to the United States and Canada for the first time. According to the Ukrainian Horticultural Association, one batch of raspberries was sent to Canada and one to the United States, in the amount of one sea container.
The importance of this event for the development of production and freezing of berries in Ukraine is explained by the high level of requirements for product quality and logistics, which were successfully handled by Ukrainian suppliers. Of course, the Ukrainian raspberry exporter had to successfully pass the FDA (The United States Food and Drug Administration) certification previously.
Another important takeaway is that the US and Canada traditionally pay higher prices for imported raspberries than other large importing countries. This opens up good possibilities for Ukrainian exporters to invest in improving product quality.
Naturally, the higher import price is due to the high-quality parameters of the products. The FDA returns products that do not meet their standards and safety requirements at the expense of the supplier and publishes full information about the issue, including the name of the exporting company. Therefore, it is crucial for the reputation of the exporting country and supplying company to comply with the requirements.
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