Uzbek, Azerbaijani greens squeeze Georgia out of Russia
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 8
By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:
Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan have significantly increased the export of greens to Russia over the past three years, the agricultural analytical portal EastFruit said in a report.
According to the information, Russia is currently one of the largest importers of greens. Traditionally, greens were supplied to Russia from Georgia. However, in recent years, Georgia has been squeezed out in the Russian market by suppliers of fresh greens from Uzbekistan, Iran and Azerbaijan.
Wholesale prices for greens in Georgia are currently only slightly lower than in Russia, therefore, it is pointless to supply them from Georgia. Usually, Georgian greens are shipped to Russia between December and April. However, in January-February, it becomes harder and harder for Georgian suppliers to compete in the market.
Uzbekistan has doubled the supply of fresh greens to Russia in the last three years. Iran has increased supplies by 55 percent. In terms of exports to Russia, Azerbaijan is still far behind the leaders, but also tripled the volume of greens supplies to Russia. At the same time, market participants believe that part of the Azerbaijani greens is re-exported from Iran.
In January-August 2018, Uzbekistan exported 140,000 tons of fruit and vegetable products to Russia in the amount of $100.3 million. Russia ranks second in terms of exports of agricultural products from Uzbekistan with 17.1-percent share of the total volume.
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