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Review of dairy products imports and exports by Georgia

Business Materials 11 January 2020 13:09 (UTC +04:00)
Review of dairy products imports and exports by Georgia

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 11

By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:

Export of dairy products from Georgia amounted to $3.4 million in 2019, Trend reports with reference to the National Statistical Office of Georgia (Geostat).

As reported, a significant part of Georgian exports of dairy products is actually re-exported.

In 2019, 3.4 million liters of raw or unpasteurized milk worth $1.4 million were exported from Georgia, which is 34 percent more compared to 2018 and 6 percent less compared to 2017.

Exports of cheese amounted to $377,000, which is 27 percent of exports of this category.

In 2019, cheese exports increased by 25 percent compared to 2018.

Georgian cheese was mainly exported to the US ($290,000), Israel ($52,000) and Uzbekistan ($21,000).

Export prices for cheese fell, with the average annual price in 2019 amounted to $8.33 dollars per kilogram.

For comparison, in 2018 this figure amounted to $9.33, and in 2017 – to $8.80.

As for the import of dairy products to Georgia, in 2019 its volume amounted to $71 million, which is 10 percent more than in 2018.

The leading places in import are occupied by butter and milk powder.

Import of raw milk to Georgia amounted to 149 million liters, which is a record high.

Butter imports decreased by 2 percent in monetary terms compared to 2018, and the price of butter rose from $4.81 in 2018 to $4.90 in 2019 per kilogram.

Cream imports in 2019 amounted to $ 2.8 million, which is $744,000 less compared to 2018.

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