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Growing melon exports from Uzbekistan: will the trend continue in the 2021 season?

EastFruit experts have already announced the beginning of the season of mass melon export from Uzbekistan (June 22, 2021) and in about 10 days, Latvian ELBI company announced its plans to import up to 3 thousand tons of Uzbek melons by the end of the 2021 season.

EastFruit analysts note that there have been important changes in the volume and structure of exports of Uzbek melons over the past few years.

In 2020, the volume of melon exports from Uzbekistan increased sharply and reached 56.6 thousand tons, having increased more than 2 times compared to 2019, and almost 4 times from 2018.

Source: Trade Map

*note: for 2015-2017 the average volume is indicated

Moreover, the export geography expanded significantly from 2018 to 2020. According to EastFruit experts, the republic exported melons to no more than 12 countries up until 2018. But over the past three years, the export geography has expanded to 20 countries, considering only the countries with supply volumes over 18 tons.

Source: Trade Map

*note: for 2015-2017 the average number of countries is indicated

The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, England, Moldova became importers of Uzbek melons during this period, supplies to Poland became regular, the volume of exports to Germany increased from 470 to 860 tons, to Latvia from 740 to 2 750 tons, and to Ukraine from 450 to 4,000 tons.

Given the plans of the Latvian company “ELBI”, it is likely that Latvia will renew the last year’s record import of Uzbek melons in the current season. In addition, according to EastFruit experts, the volume of exports to Poland will be several times higher than in previous years; the average export volume in 2019-2020 was about 60 tons. Nevertheless, it is too early to count the total volume of melon exports from Uzbekistan, since most of the season is still ahead.

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