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February 15 2019, 12:49 Fruit-Inform

Russia’s imports of Turkish vegetables up by 85% in 2018

According to EastFruit, Russia has sharply increased imports of Turkish vegetables in 2018. Within the previous year, the imports totaled $73.8 mln, an increase of 84% (or $33.6 mln) compared with 2017.

As before, tomatoes were the main category of Russia’s vegetable imports from Turkey, with the share of 41% or $30.5 mln in total imports. Turkish zucchini exports to Russia also showed a considerable level of about $15.3 mln. Russian importers spent another $11.3 mln and $8.8 mln to buy Turkish bell peppers and cucumbers, respectively.

The structure of Russia’s imports of Turkish vegetables also includes eggplants, cauliflowers, broccoli, frozen vegetables, other brassica crops, garlic, leaf lettuces, dried vegetables, onions, carrots, leeks, cabbage lettuces, as well as potatoes

Thus, Russia has become the fourth leading importer of vegetables from Turkey, with only Iraq, Romania and Germany importing more. The list of major buyers of Turkish vegetables also includes Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Israel, Sudan and the Netherlands.

In total in 2018 Turkey earned $1.1 billion from exports of vegetables, an increase of 8.5% year-on-year.

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