In 2022, the Uzbek sweet cherry harvest dropped sharply due to prolonged rains during the flowering of cherry orchards. This also negatively affected exports. Industry analysts believe that, despite the fall in production and a sharp decline in the volume of exports of cherries in 2021, Uzbekistan may still remain among the top 5 largest world exporters of these fruits; the nation will continue to outperform Spain by export volume as the latter has been facing weather disasters for a few years in a row.
In 2022, the volume of exports of sweet cherries from Spain decreased, according to various estimates, by 30-40%. This means that Uzbekistan will continue to be ahead of Spain in the global export rankings of this trendy fruit.
Last year, Uzbekistan exported 18,000 tons more cherries than Spain, but this year the volumes of exports of cherries from both countries will be more comparable. Technically, Uzbekistan ranks 5th in the world in the export of sweet cherries, but Hong Kong, which is a re-exporter, is in second place. Therefore, among net exporters, Uzbekistan is the fourth largest exporter of cherries in the world.