The season for exporting table grapes of this year’s harvest from Uzbekistan started in the second half of June and lasts until March next year. Its peak lasts from July to November inclusive. The total share of these five months accounts for about 80-90% of the total export volume for the entire season. The preliminary results for June-November 2021 indicate a record volume and low prices for the exports of Uzbek table grapes this year, EastFruit analysts say.
According to the Customs Committee of the republic, from the beginning of June to the end of November 2021, Uzbekistan exported 197.1 thousand tonnes of table grapes, which is 58% more compared to the same period in 2020.
The volume of exports in June-November 2021 exceeded the annual volume of previous years by more than 40% and became record for at least the last five years.
Despite the consistent growth in volume, the growth in exports earnings turned out to be modest. Revenue from the exports of table grapes from Uzbekistan in June-November 2021 increased by 12% compared to the same period in 2020 and by 22% compared to the same period in 2019.
This difference in the growth of export volumes terms and the amount of proceeds is explained by the prices for Uzbek table grape exports this year being about 30% lower than in the same period in 2020. Moreover, they have been declining for the second year in a row. The average shipment price in June-November 2019 was $1.03/kg, in the same period of 2020 it was $0.96/kg, and in June-November 2021 it dropped sharply to $0.68/kg.
As for the export geography, EastFruit analysts report that 98% of the total table grape exports from Uzbekistan in June-November 2021 were made to the markets of three countries – Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. At the same time, about 50% was exported Russia, 35% – to Kazakhstan and 13% to Kyrgyzstan. Another 1% was exported to Belarus (0.6%) and Ukraine (0.4%). In addition, small batches of up to 100 tonnes were delivered to Germany, Mongolia, Moldova and Latvia.
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