Russia continues to increase onion imports in 2020


Russia continues to increase onion imports in 2020

06/16/2020

One of the reasons for the growth of onion imports, according to market experts, is the increase in consumption by the population, as many believe that onions help fight coronavirus.

According to EastFruit analysts, in the first four months of 2020, Russia imported already 78 thousand tons of onions, which is 20% more than on the same date last year. This is also the largest volume of onion imports to Russia for such a period since 2017. One of the reasons for the growth of onion imports, according to market experts, is the increased consumption of onions by the population, as many believe that onions and garlic help fight coronavirus.

Egypt continues to be the main supplier of onions in the first months of the calendar year to Russia. In 2020, the supply of Egyptian onions to the Russian market doubled in relation to 2019 and reached 42 thousand tons. Thus, Egypt accounted for 54% of all onions imported into Russia.

Also, direct deliveries of onions to Russia from the Netherlands increased more than one and a half times, which took second place in the rating of suppliers. But China has reduced shipments by almost two during the same period. Kazakhstan supplied about 7.3 thousand tons of onions, which was approximately the same as last year, while Uzbekistan exported onions to Russia decreased by 37% to 4.8 thousand tons.

EastFruit experts note that as of mid-June 2020, onion prices in Russia were higher than last year by an average of 59%. At the same time, imported onions from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and other supplying countries dominated the market. Similar price trends were characteristic of many countries in the region, as onion consumption increased.

In general, Russia continues to actively develop its own vegetable production. There is an increase in the technological level of growing onions and other traditional vegetable crops and potatoes, as well as expansion of capacities for long-term storage of vegetables. This even leads to local crises of overproduction. We wrote more about this in the material “Crisis of vegetable growing in Russia”.

Nevertheless, Russian companies are actively working to promote their products in other markets. In the 2019/20 season, Russia became a major exporter of potatoes, thanks to its supplies to the Ukrainian market. And last season, Russia even exported onions to the EU and the Middle East.

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