Moldovan agricultural experts say the exports of apples are in full swing in the first half of January 2022. According to optimistic forecasts, it will exceed the volume of exports (slightly more than 14,000 tons) of the ‘failed January of last year’.
However, the country’s fruit market participants believe that it is still early to talk about a return to the level of high January exports in the period 2017-2020, when apple exports in the first month of the year amounted to about 25,000-35,000 tons.
Some large traders attribute good exports in the first two work weeks of 2022 to ‘the inertia of high demand and supply volumes in December last year’. Moreover, export demand at the end of 2021 even exceeded logistical possibilities (permits for cargo transportation by road in Russia have ended, gasoline and diesel fuel have risen in price).