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Georgia imported a record volume of tomatoes in December 2021

EastFruit analysts note a record high import of tomatoes to Georgia in December 2021. The volume of imports in the last month of 2021 amounted to 2 170 tonnes. The prices for imported tomatoes remained low, which was a key factor in the market.

Tomato imports in December 2021 were 50% higher than in December 2020, despite almost equal prices. The reason for this is an increase in demand in 2021 due to easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Compared to the December 2014-2020 average, imports in December 2021 are 42% higher.

Local sources report that imported tomato prices remained low in December. As a result, wholesale prices for red tomatoes in Georgia averaged about $0.55/kg, which is $0.25-0.30 lower than in December 2019-2020. The wholesale price for pink tomatoes averaged $1.13/kg, which is about $0.10-0.30 lower than in December 2019-2020.

In total, Georgia imported 19 400 tonnes of tomatoes in 2021 – the third largest volume ever. This was facilitated by lower import prices in dollars – the trend towards cheaper imported tomatoes continued in 2021. In addition to the decline in prices, a poor harvest in the open field contributed to the growth of imports in 2021.

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