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Moldova intends to negotiate an increase in the duty-free quota for plum exports to the EU

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAIA), together with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Moldova, is preparing a request to the European Commission to increase the preferential quota-2022 for the export of Moldovan plums to the European market up to 20 000 tonnes. Last year, the quota was 15 000 tonnes, in 2020 – 10 000 tonnes.

Earlier, several organizations of agricultural producers addressed the Moldovan government with a proposal to initiate a dialogue with the EU on further increase in export quotas (primarily for plums, and other fruit crops). The proposal was motivated by the fact that the volume of plum supplies to the European Union has increased significantly over the past five years. The only exception was 2018, when a little more than 12 000 tonnes were supplied to the EU from Moldova (in 2017 – almost 20 000 tonnes). However, in 2019 the European export of Moldovan plums returned to the level of 20 000 tonnes, and in 2020 it amounted to more than 22 000 tonnes.

In 2021, according to preliminary data from the Moldovan customs service, about 27 000 tonnes of plums were sent to the EU. As specialists of local associations of agricultural producers note, about 3 000-4 000 tonnes of these plums were exported to Romania for processing. According to them, the volume of exports to the European market of premium-quality Moldovan plums in small consumer packaging also increased.

Representatives of agrarian associations believe that there are good chances that the export of plums from Moldova to the European Union will exceed 20 000 tonnes this year.


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