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Concerns about Russian ban on Turkey food export

Staff writer |
On January 1, the Russian ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Turkey entered into force.

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That affects tomato, onion, shallot, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, orange, tangerine, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, nectarines , plums and strawberries.

In 2014, exports of fresh fruits and vegetables from Turkey to Russia amounted to 1.333 million tons worth $950 million. The main vegetable exports correspond to tomato, with 352.8 million of kilos in 2014, worth $276 million, onion, with 66.6 million kilos and $18.8 billion and cucumber, with 63,2 million kilos and $50.5 billion.

In fruits, in 2014, they highlighted exports of citrus, grapes, fresh and raisins, and cherries.

Citrus exports from Turkey to Russia in 2014 totaled 519.2 million of kilos worth $309.5 million; the grapes, raisins and fresh totaled 164.7 million of kilos worth $136.9 million and apricot, cherry, peach and plum totaled 47.5 million kilos, worth 50.3 million euros.

In 2015, according to September, exports of fruits and vegetables from Turkey to Russia totaled 760 million kilos, 3% more than in the same period of 2014, amounting to 551 million euros ( -3%).

Tomato exports amounted to 289.8 million kilos, the same as in the period from January to September 2014, worth $ 219 million. The onion stood at 37.9 million kilos (-43%) worth $11.9 million (-36%) and cucumber totaled 14.3 million kilos (40%) for value of 11.7 million euros (-48%).

Citrus exports until September 2015 stood at 175.8 million of kilos (+ 19%) worth $99.9 million (+ 4%), the grapes stood at 7.9 million kilos (-23%) worth 61.5 million euros (-28%), according to trade statistics Commodity UN.

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