EU fruit and vegetable imports from Moldova totaled €28.8 million in 2021

In 2021, the European Union imported 54,059 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables worth 28.8 million euro from Moldova, according to Eurostat data processed by FEPEX.

The most imported fruits were those included in tariff code 0809, which groups plum, apricot, cherry, and peach mainly, totaling 28,214 tons for a value of 14 million euro. The second most imported product group was that falling within tariff code 0806, i.e. fresh or dried grapes, totaling 17,023 tons worth 11.3 million euro. The third group of most imported products is those included in tariff code 0703, which corresponds mainly to onions, garlic, and leeks, with 3,459 tons and 649,000 euro.

In 2021 the EU also imported 1,325 tons of cabbages from Moldova for 315 million euro, 1,311 tons of carrots and turnips worth 277 million euro, and 1,289 tons of apples and pears worth 440 million euro.

Community exports to Moldova
The EU exported 49,301 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables worth EUR 29.4 million to Moldova. The potatoes were the most exported product with 21,368 tons worth EUR 3 million. They were followed, in volume, by citrus fruits exports, with 5,473 tons worth 4 million euro, and melon and watermelon exports, with 3,532 tons worth 698 million euro.

In 2021, the 27 EU Member States also exported to Moldova 2,478 tons of apples and pears for 1.4 million euro, 2,516 tons of dates, figs, pineapples, and avocados worth 4.2 million euro, and 2,470 tons of bananas and plantains worth 3.8 million euros.

On June 9, the European Commission proposed a regulation that temporarily allows better market access for the seven products from Moldova that continue to be subject to tariff quotas upon entry into the Union: plums, table grapes, apples, tomatoes, garlic, cherries, and grape juice. The goal is to help Moldova cope with the loss of its main markets and transit centers for these key agricultural products due to Russia's unjustified war against Ukraine.

Following the adoption of the measure, on Tuesday in the European Parliament, the EU Council must also give its consent before it enters into force.



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