According to EastFruit analysts, over the years of the Russian embargo on the supply of fruits and vegetables to the Russian market, Ukrainian gardeners and vegetable growers completely got rid of dependence on this market and even increased export volumes.
In the 2012/13 season, Russia was the main market for fruits and vegetables from Ukraine. More than 29% of all fruit and vegetable exports worth about $ 75 million US dollars were sent to this country. About 3% of the export of Ukrainian vegetables, fruits, berries, and nuts went to Belarus.
In the 2019/20 season, the countries of the European Union were the main market for Ukrainian fruits and vegetables. EU countries already account for 67% of exports of fruits, berries, vegetables, and nuts from Ukraine. Another 14% comes from the supply of Ukrainian fruits and vegetables to the Middle East, and only about 7% comes to Belarus, which, in part, re-exports Ukrainian products to the Russian market.
According to traders, the real share of the Russian market in the supply of vegetables and fruits from Ukraine is from 3 to 5% in value terms. Over seven years, the dependence of the Ukrainian horticultural business on deliveries to the Russian market decreased by approximately seven times, and Russia for the first time dropped out of the dozens of major countries that bought Ukrainian horticultural products following the 2019/20 season.
At the moment, Poland remains the main market for Ukrainian products in this category with a specific gravity of about 17%. Turkey ranks second, due to large-scale purchases of Ukrainian walnuts, with a specific gravity of about 10%, while France is third with a share of more than 7%.
France mainly imports frozen berries and walnuts from Ukraine, and also buys Ukrainian apples, and increases imports of frozen vegetables. Poland also imports Ukrainian frozen berries, fruits, and vegetables, as well as fresh greenhouse tomatoes, and cucumbers. The assortment of Ukrainian fruit and vegetable exports to Poland also includes mushrooms, dried fruits, onions, watermelons, melons, cabbage, beets, cherries, garlic, and even apples.
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