Moldovan traders try to maintain high pace of apple export


Moldovan traders try to maintain high pace of apple export

03/23/2020

Traders hope that in the last decade of March, as the restrictions on food imports in the Russian Federation are curtailed, the supply of Moldovan apples to the Russian market will not be reduced

From the third week of March, as monitoring by EastFruit showed, in Moldova wholesale prices for apples have significantly decreased, in the range of 10-20%. In absolute terms, they fell by 1-3 lei / kg – to 10-13 lei / kg ($ 0.65-0.85 / kg). Traders tried to compensate for price losses by increasing the volume of export supplies to the main sales market – in the Russian Federation. Not all of them succeeded. Amid the ruble devaluation, some Russian partners of Moldovan fruit suppliers informed them of the suspension of purchases. Nevertheless, members of the Moldovan agricultural producers’ associations state that “in March, it is still possible to maintain the previous high rate of export sales of fruits.”

Moreover, traders hope that in the last ten days of March, as restrictions on imports of essential food products in the Russian Federation are curtailed, the supply of Moldovan apples to the Russian market will not be reduced at least. They also hope for an increase in export deliveries of apples to the European Union (especially to neighboring Romania) due to a decrease in stocks of European products and high “quarantine” demand for food.

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Certain concerns of Moldovan agricultural producers and traders in the context of the theme of apple exports cause transport and logistics difficulties. Local media reported that trucks from Moldova were stuck on the borders of Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia. However, by the end of last week this problem was resolved.

Nevertheless, as EastFruit previously reported, according to expert estimates, at the beginning of March this year, about 100 thousand tons of apples remained in the refrigerators of Moldovan agricultural enterprises and traders. The association Moldova Fruct believes that at least two-thirds of the remaining product stocks at the moment are fruits of “average export quality”. All possible efforts will be made to ensure that this product is sold in the fresh market. Still, the option of mass supply of apples from refrigerators for processing is not discarded, but it is considered extremely undesirable due to the too large difference between the current price for dessert apples and the possible April price for technical apples from refrigerators.

The leaders of large Moldovan apple concentrate production enterprises suggested that the price of this raw material – if it appears in an amount sufficient for the spring launch of production lines – is unlikely to be higher than 1.5-2.0 lei / kg ($ 0.09-0, 13 / kg).

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