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First truck with Turkish tomatoes arrives in Russia

Nov 16, 2017AZERNEWS

The first truck with 20 tons of tomatoes from Turkey arrived in Russia following the introduction of an agreement on the volume of tomatoes supply from this country.“Fura with 20 tons of tomatoes from one of the three authorized enterprises of Turkey arrived today,” according to the territorial department of the Rosselkhoznadzor for the Bryansk and Smolensk regions, RIA Novosti reported.The department informed that standard procedures for checking cargo by the veterinary and customs services are now in progress.

“The samples of the goods are taken, the documents are examined, the compliance of the declared (goods - ed.) with the documents is checked,” according to the agency. Round tomatoes of Bandita variety were produced and exported by Agrobay agro group, while Galafrut LLC is the importer. The tomatoes were packed on November 8 and their shelf life is 30 days. Russia has officially allowed the import of Turkish tomatoes on quotas set by the Agriculture Ministry in late October. From November 1, Russia lifted a strict ban on the import of tomatoes from Turkey. Nevertheless, certain restrictions still remain in place. Ankara will be able to deliver 50,000 tons of tomatoes to the Russian market by the end of the year. Previously, the Russian Agriculture Ministry has submitted to the Government its proposals on the mechanism for the resumption of tomato imports from Turkey. Russia levied an embargo on the imports of certain products from Turkey because of the jet-downing crisis in late 2015. Many have been resolved, except the tomato ban, which is the most serious for the Turkish suppliers.

Rosselkhoznadzor, which has recently inspected several Turkish tomato producers, announced earlier that it can consider only large manufacturers for issuing permits for the tomato import. Currently, there are two types of restrictions with respect to Turkish tomatoes. One of them was introduced by the government of the country. The second is a technical ban, introduced by the Rosselkhoznadzor in connection with the detection of contaminated quarantineable products coming to Russia from Turkey. The ban on the tomato import is considered to be the most negative for Turkey since Russia was the largest market for the Turkish tomato export with annual profit amounting to billions of dollars. After the tomato ban, the amount of Turkish tomato exports to Russia decreased by 10.3 percent while their value dropped by 34.3 percent in 2016. Turkey exported 541,000 tons of tomatoes to Russia in 2015, however, the amount fell to 486,000 tons. The value of tomato exports to the country was $365.3 million in 2015 and later decreased to $239.9 million, Daily Sabah reported. However, during the first seven months of the current year, the amount of tomatoes exported to Russia increased by 9.4 percent and the value of tomato exports also surged by 24.7 percent. During the period of January-July, Turkey's tomato exports to Russia reached $198.3 million from last year's $159 million. Moreover, last year, the amount of tomato exports were recorded at 322,000 tons while it reached to 353,000 tons this year during the first seven months.