Uzbekistan imported 7,900 tonnes of oranges in 2021, which is 110% more than in 2020 and 55% more than in 2019. Preliminary statistics confirm that the volume of Uzbek orange imports was 50% higher last year than in 2019, reaching a maximum over the past 5 years.
However, the absolute value of the import volume, as well as the per capita consumption of oranges in the country, remain lower compared to other countries.
The decision of the government of Uzbekistan adopted on October 7, 2021 to exempt the imports of a number of fruits, which included citrus fruits, from customs duties also contributed to the record high orange imports. Prior to the adoption of the decision, a customs duty rate of 10–20% was applied when importing these fruits, but not less than $0.2/kg.