Ukrainian apples shipped to five Middle Eastern markets for the first time
According to EastFruit analysts, Ukraine has exported dessert apples to five different countries in the Middle East for the first time, and although the total volume exported to these destinations is relatively small (only 111 tons), it is a positive development in Ukraine’s on-going search for new markets.
In September, Ukrainian apples were imported by companies from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and Iraq. Importers from Qatar paid the highest price, about $ 1 per kg, but this price also included the delivery and packaging. Buyers from the UAE paid almost the same. The cheapest price was paid by Iraqi importers.
The main buyers of Ukrainian apples remained the EU countries. Nine EU countries imported batches of Ukrainian dessert apples in September 2018. Ignoring the apples intended for processing into concentrate, the largest importer among the EU countries was Sweden, where 140 tons of apples were shipped. In general, in the EU, according to EastFruit estimates, about 300 tons of dessert apples were exported in September.