Georgian company exported peaches and nectarines to EU countries for the first time


Georgian company exported peaches and nectarines to EU countries for the first time

08/10/2020

The first container with a cargo of Georgian peaches and nectarines in the volume of 20 tons is already at the Polish border

Frutilia is a Georgian fruit and vegetable export company with 15 years of experience in the export market. Until recently, Frutilia has been exporting only to the post-Soviet space, although for years, since the signing of a deep and comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union (2014, June 27), it has been trying to establish connections in the European market. As a result, in 2020, for the first time in the history of the company, and indeed of the country in general, Georgian peaches and nectarines were exported to the European market, in particular, to Poland.

To clarify the details, EastFruit turned to the founder of Frutilia, Vakhtang Bezhitashvili.

According to the head of the company, the first container with a cargo of Georgian peaches and nectarines in the volume of 20 tons is already at the Polish border. However, the Polish importer has not yet been able to accept Georgian fruits due to some errors in the document issued by the phytosanitary service of Georgia. True, Frutilia’s inaccuracies were promptly corrected and presented to the Polish side. At this stage, Polish customs officers are examining the revised document.

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Vakhtang Bezhitashvili hopes that Georgian products will reach their destination in time and this delay, unforeseen by the company, will not affect the quality of Georgian fruits. Despite the fact that perishable fruits, according to the requirements for imported agricultural products from non-EU countries, must undergo laboratory control in Poland.

“We have been trying for years to find partners on the European market, although for a long time we were unable to export Georgian agricultural products for various reasons. And so many years later – the first load! I think we should not give up trying to enter the European market and conquer our niche in Europe. Of course, 20 tons, this is a very small volume, but in this case the main thing is that our product is tried in Europe, and I am sure that the European buyer will appreciate the special taste of Georgian fruits. We have already prepared the second container for export and are just waiting for the confirmation of the first cargo. If everything goes well, then the second container will be sent immediately, and in 5-7 days the cargo will be at its destination, ”Vakhtang Bezhitashvili expressed hope.

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