Uzbekistan continues to increase direct export of fruits and vegetables to Russia


Uzbekistan continues to increase direct export of fruits and vegetables to Russia

07/15/2020

Direct deliveries of such an important product of Uzbek export as table grapes in 2020 decreased by 20%, and raisins – by as much as 35%

According to EastFruit analysts, in the first five months of 2020, Uzbekistan increased direct export of fruits and vegetables to the territory of the Russian Federation by 19.2% compared with the same period last year. The total revenue from deliveries of fruits and vegetables to the Russian Federation for the first time in this period exceeded $ 100 million.

“I want to note that we are talking about direct deliveries, and not about the actual volume of Uzbek products supplied to the Russian market. The difference is that earlier Uzbekistan preferred to export fruit and vegetable products to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, from where it was already shipped to Russia, often, as market participants testify, under the guise of local produce. It was more profitable than direct deliveries, due to the peculiarities of taxation. However, after Russia reduced its VAT rate on fruits and vegetables from 20% to 10%, direct deliveries became more economically feasible, ”explains Andrei Yarmak, an economist at the investment department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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At the same time, the volume of export of fruits and vegetables from Uzbekistan in 2020 is declining. In particular, following the results of five months of 2020, exports fell immediately by 40%. This means that the total volume of deliveries of Uzbek fruits and vegetables to the Russian market is also decreasing, despite the growth in direct deliveries.

By the way, even direct deliveries of such an important product of Uzbek export as table grapes in 2020 decreased by 20%, and raisins – by as much as 35%. Even more significantly – the export of Uzbek garlic decreased by 73%. Obviously, this is due to an increase in domestic consumption due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most significantly, from January to May 2020, direct Uzbek exports to Russia of cauliflower, broccoli and lemons increased more than twofold.

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