Russian retailers have noticed a shortage of oranges, the newspaper “Vedomosti” with reference to representatives of major retail chains. In September, consumer prices for oranges increased by 15.7%.
In 2015, the largest importer of citrus in Russia was Turkey, which accounted for about 35% of imports, or 538 058 tons.
In the beginning of 2016 Russia imposed on Turkey the economic sanctions under the ban came and the supply of oranges. In the first half of Turkey’s share in imports of citrus decreased to 9.6%. While the share of Egypt increased from 26.9% in January – June 2015 to 37.1% a year.
However, at the end of September 2016, the Rosselkhoznadzor has temporarily banned supplies of citrus from Egypt because of the systematic violations of phytosanitary requirements.
Industry experts warned then about the possible jump in prices, which will stop after the network will establish new delivery channels. But this year the season of oranges in South Africa ended nearly a month earlier, and South Africa accounted for about 10% of total import of citrus.
In early October, Moscow lifted the ban on Turkish fruit. Turkish oranges in the opt is approximately twice cheaper than Egyptian, and the importers stopped buying from other suppliers citrus in anticipation of cheaper Turkish.
In the end it turned out that the required volume of Turkish oranges has not yet arrived, and the first deliveries are expected in late October – early November. Consequently, the market will actively be satisfied the cheaper Turkish oranges from late November, expect the industry.