Georgia entered the Top-5 of the largest suppliers of blueberries to Russia, surpassing Serbia

According to EastFruit analysts, Russia increased blueberry imports in 2021 by 21% in volume. The volume of blueberry imports to Russia exceeded 10 tons for the first time and reached 000 tons.

As in 2020, Georgia increased blueberry exports to Russia faster than other supplying countries, thus becoming one of the top 5 suppliers of fresh blueberries to the Russian market in 2021 for the first time. Georgian blueberry exports to Russia increased by 37% or 230 tons during the year and reached 850 tons in 2021. Thus, Georgia's share of the Russian blueberry market reached 8%. Two years ago it barely reached 2%.

Market participants believe that Georgia could have exported more blueberries in 2021,  if it wasn't for the unexpected end of the season  when Russia introduced new rules for importing plant products. Many companies stopped exporting then, as they did not have reliable information about the new rules and were afraid of incurring severe losses.

However, Georgia exported more blueberries to Russia in 2021 than Serbia, thereby moving Georgia up in the ranking of the largest blueberry exporters to Russia. Serbia reduced exports by 39% at the end of the season.

Notably, Zimbabwean suppliers increased blueberry exports to Russia even faster than Georgia. Its supply volumes increased 3,3 times during the year, but have so far remained relatively low: 115 tons.

Exporters from Peru remained the market leaders, accounting for a third of Russian blueberry imports. Peru also remained the world's largest exporter of blueberries. Morocco remained second with 21% of all Russian imports.

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