Pakistani mandarins on the market led to a collapse in prices in Central Asian market

Mandarins from Pakistan were late to arrive on the Central Asian market this year, normally they would arrive at the end of October, but this year it was the end of November.

Mandarins from Pakistan can now be bought at retail at 13 000 UZS (about $1.15). Prices in Tajikistan are similar. At the same time, the wholesale price in the markets of both countries is below $1/kg reports

The availability of Pakistani mandarins on the market led to a collapse in prices for all types of citrus fruits, and, above all, for mandarins. Prior to this, retail prices for them reached $4-5/kg, and mandarins were supplied to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan by China, Turkey, and Iran. Prices for mandarins from other countries have mostly fallen below $2/kg, which may lead to imports from China, Iran, and Turkey stopping until the supply of mandarins from Pakistan ceases.

Uzbekistan imported a record volume of mandarins in 2021- 35 300 tonnes, of which 68% came from Pakistan. Imports of mandarins to Tajikistan reached 16 400 tonnes in 2021, with almost all of them being Pakistani mandarins.

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