This week, the EastFruit team completed the first trade mission to Uzbekistan , during which pre-selected exporters of fresh fruits and vegetables from this country negotiated with large buyers from the EU and Eastern Europe, as well as with local supermarket chains. In addition, foreign guests had the opportunity to get acquainted with orchards, fruit storage facilities, fruit and vegetable freezing enterprises in the Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara regions of Uzbekistan.
In the process of exchanging views and searching for promising products for export, it turned out that in the 2022/23 season Uzbekistan can get a good benefit from the export of garlic to the EU countries. The fact is that garlic prices in the European Union are growing due to delays in exports and an increase in the cost of logistics for the delivery of garlic from China. Therefore, importers became interested in the possibility of partial replacement of Chinese garlic in the EU market with garlic from Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan annually exports about 3 thousand tons of garlic, mainly to Russia and Kazakhstan. The record volume of exports was noted in 2018, when more than 5 thousand tons of this fresh product were exported. In 2022, from the very beginning of the early garlic harvesting season, its exports remained quite high. Therefore, it is possible that already this calendar year a new record for garlic exports will be set.
Uzbekistan already has some experience in exporting fresh garlic to the European Union and even supplied garlic to the United States. The export of Uzbek garlic to the EU countries and the USA happened mainly in 2019. Among the EU countries that purchased garlic from Uzbekistan were Latvia, Poland and the Czech Republic. Also, annually, small volumes of Uzbek garlic are supplied to the UAE.
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