Turkish supply restraints may contribute to increase of prices of some vegetables and fruit

30 november 2015 | IA REGNUM

A great many wants to know which Turkish goods would be under the import ban and what results would be .

Elena Kovaleva
Elena Kovaleva
Department for Competition Policy

IA REGNUM asked some experts and among them Elena Parshina, the Adviser to the Department for Competition Policy of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation. Turkey is one of the key Russia’s suppliers of tomatoes (43% of import in physical terms in 2014), citrus cultures (31%), grape (48%), and apricots (46%), according to the expert. ‘Turkey’s share in deliveries has been built up by means of the general reduction of imports to Russia as a result of sanction’s introduction and the increase of the physical volume of supplies. In 2014 Turkey built up supplies of tomatoes by 9%, citrus cultures – 24%, grape – 17%,’ according to the expert.

It will be difficult to compensate for drop-out imports of these products by our own forces due to objective reasons, according to the expert. ‘If the volume of the domestic production of tomatoes is still quite high (in 2014 it amounted to 2.3 million tonnes) and imports of tomatoes from Turkey amount to only 16% of own production, the supply of grapes and apricots from Turkey makes up more than a half of domestic production,’ said Ms Parshin.

Turkish supplies restraints may contribute to increase of prices for these categories of vegetables and fruit. However, during the New Year holidays the demand for fruit and vegetables peaks, so there is the price increase, according to the expert.