Uzbekistan sharply reduced exports of cherries and dried fruits to China in 2020


Uzbekistan sharply reduced exports of cherries and dried fruits to China in 2020

02.10.2020

In the first 7 months of 2020, the volume of exports of Uzbek fruits and vegetables to China decreased by 44%

EastFruit analysts draw attention to a sharp decline in fruit exports from Uzbekistan to China, which is considered a good alternative to the Russian market. In particular, in the first 7 months of 2020, the volume of exports of Uzbek fruits and vegetables to China decreased by 44% to $ 19 million.

Deliveries of fresh cherries declined most sharply. Uzbekistan was able to export to China just over 100 tons of sweet cherries in a season, while a year earlier, export shipments of Uzbek cherries to China exceeded 600 tons. The main reason, according to market participants, was the decrease in the production of sweet cherries in Uzbekistan in 2020 due to spring frosts, problems with product quality and problems with logistics, since the ripening of sweet cherries fell on the period of strict quarantine measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For comparison, during the same period, Chile supplied 165 thousand tons of fresh cherries to China, and, for example, Kyrgyzstan, neighboring Uzbekistan – 164 thousand tons.

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Also, the export of Uzbek raisins (which in the countries of Central Asia is stubbornly called “kishmish” even in Russian) has dropped dramatically. The supply of raisins to China from Uzbekistan more than halved – from 13.7 thousand tons in the first seven months of 2019 to 5.9 thousand tons in the same period of 2020. However, even such a sharp decline in raisin exports allowed Uzbekistan to maintain its leadership in the ranking of the main suppliers of raisins to the Chinese market, although the main competitors: the United States, Chile and Turkey reduced the supply of raisins to China less significantly.

The only position on which Uzbekistan has increased its export to China is dried apricots (dried apricots). Deliveries of Uzbek dried apricots to the Chinese market more than doubled, but remained insignificant – just over 200 tons.

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