From February to September 2023, the Krasnoyarsk region in Russia received a significant influx of foreign fruits and vegetables, totalling 10 thousand tons, according to data from the Siberian Customs Administration.
Uzbekistan emerged as the primary contributor, accounting for 82% of the imports, followed by China with a 15% share. The imported produce included carrots, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, grapes, apples, pears, and oranges. Additionally, for the first time in recent years, the region saw direct shipments of exotic fruits such as mangoes, lychees, tamarinds, and dragon fruits.
Customs officials attribute the surge in direct imports to the favourable location of the Krasnoyarsk customs post, situated near a federal highway and equipped with nearby warehouses maintaining appropriate temperature conditions. In their opinion, the “intensification of supplies” was influenced by federal support measures such as zero rates of customs duties on goods of priority imports and simplification of goods certification.
However, the residents are expressing dissatisfaction with the consequences of this in imports, particularly the rising prices of fruits and vegetables.
Locally grown grapes, apples, pears, plums, and cherries are transformed into expensive exotic products, resulting in complaints. This situation has led to a 14% increase in prices for imported fruits in the region. As residents grapple with the economic impact of these changes, concerns about affordability and the impact on local agriculture continue to mount.
Source: Fresh Plaza