EastFruit analysts noticed a sharp drop in fruit and vegetable exports from Uzbekistan to Ukraine in the first nine months of 2020 due to a number of objective factors. During this period, Uzbekistan exported vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs to Ukraine for $12.8 million, which is 25% less than a year earlier.
The largest decrease in export earnings was noted for products such as raisins (by 57%), onions (more than six times), prunes (by 41%), table grapes (by 47%), and watermelons (by 25%).
The supply of Uzbek melons, which has become the main fruit and vegetable product exported from Uzbekistan to Ukraine, sharply increased in terms of revenue. Melon export revenues from Uzbekistan to Ukraine doubled over the year to $2.5 million and 3,800 tons of products were supplied.
Exports of fresh apricots more than doubled in value terms as well. A total of 2,300 tons of apricots were imported from Uzbekistan to Ukraine.
Revenue from the supply of Uzbek herbs – mainly parsley and dill – increased by 20%. Also, the export of Uzbek dried apricots to Ukraine has grown quite sharply. In the first nine months of 2020, 789 tons of products were delivered, which is 72% more than a year earlier. Thus, Uzbekistan has strengthened its position among the main suppliers of dried apricots to Ukraine, bypassing Tajikistan, which has reduced supplies by 20%. Yet, Turkey remains the leader by a large margin.
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