According to EastFruit analysts, after the UK left the European Union, most EU countries have reduced the supply of fresh vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts there. However, Brexit had a positive effect on the export of fruits, berries and nuts from Ukraine to the UK.
In particular, in the first 10 months of 2021, the volume of Ukraine’s export earnings from the supply of fruits to the UK grew 2.4 times and reached a record $4.9 million. Exports of frozen raspberries increased sharply, although they were not the main item of Ukrainian exports to the country. Walnut kernels remained the leader in terms of revenue, accounting for about 63% of all export earnings in the period under review. The revenue of Ukrainian exporters of walnut kernels to the UK in January-October 2021 increased 3.3 times compared to 2020, and the volume of supplies – 3.7 times to 590 tonnes.
Fresh blueberries became second in terms of revenue, bringing Ukrainian exporters 65% more money. By the way, the volume of supplies of fresh blueberries also increased by 65%, which indicates the stability of their price. In total, 217 tonnes of Ukrainian blueberries were delivered to the UK. Frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries) and fresh watermelon were supplied in smaller volumes.
We note that Ukraine did not supply a single kilogram of apples to the UK in 10 months of 2021 for the first time in a long period. For example, the volume of Ukrainian apples exported to the UK in 10 months of 2019 exceeded 700 tonnes! Also, Ukraine stopped supplying cherries and inshell walnuts to the UK, and the exports of watermelon fell to 9 tonnes.
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