Russia reduced pear imports in 2019, but remains the world’s largest importer


Russia reduced pear imports in 2019, but remains the world’s largest importer

02/10/2020

The main suppliers of pears to Russia in 2019 were Argentina, Belarus and South Africa

Russia has been the permanent leader in the world ranking of the largest importers of pears for many years. The decline in the purchasing power of the population in recent years and the introduction of the so-called “anti-sanctions” has led to a sharp decrease in pear consumption in Russia, but the country still holds the first place in the ranking of importers.

“Over the past five years, pear imports to Russia have declined by more than 40%. At the same time, domestic production also increased, of course, but the main decline in imports was due to lower consumption, ”said Andrei Yarmak, economist at the investment department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In 2018, Russia imported 271 thousand tons of fresh pear, and in 2019, imports decreased by 16% to 228 thousand tons. For comparison, in 2013, Russia imported about 400 thousand tons of fresh pears. The second largest importer of pears in the world, which is Indonesia, buys a little less than 200 thousand tons abroad, but is rapidly increasing imports. Germany imports about 170 thousand tons of fresh pears a year, Brazil – up to 160 and the UK – about 140 thousand tons. At the same time, pear imports to the UK are declining.

EastFruit analysts note that despite the relatively high domestic prices for pears in Russia, this country prefers to buy mainly cheap pears. Therefore, if you look at the global ranking of importers in value terms, Russia takes only the third position. The indisputable leader is Indonesia, where the pear is a fashionable exotic fruit, and where its prices are very high. Therefore, Indonesia in 2018 paid $ 254 million for the import of pears. Germany also buys a more expensive pear, which spends $ 238 million a year on pear imports. Russia spends only about $ 200 million on pear imports.

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The main suppliers of pears to Russia in 2019 were Argentina, Belarus and South Africa. According to market participants, Belarus did not primarily supply its own products, but re-exported the pear grown in the EU countries, which cannot be supplied to the Russian market. The leading suppliers of pears to Russia also included Chile, Turkey, China, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Pear supplies from Chile, Turkey and South Africa increased most significantly in 2019, but a decrease in pear imports was observed from Belarus, China (due to the ban on supplies from August), Serbia and Armenia.

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