In 7 months of 2020, Uzbekistan reduced the delivery of fruits and vegetables to China by 44% to US$19 million, EastFruit reported.
Deliveries of fresh cherries declined the most, with a little more than 100 tons in 7 months against 600 tons in 2019.
“This figures were due to decrease in the harvest of sweet cherries in because of spring frosts, lower product quality and logistics problems due to strict lockdown measures,” experts said.
The supply of Uzbek dry fruits to the Chinese market also fell sharply.
The supply of raisins to China decreased by more than 2 times: in 2019, the exports topped 13.7 thousand tons, while– only 5.9 thousand tons in seven months of this year.
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan is still the main exporter of raisins to China.
“Even such a sharp decline in raisin exports allowed Uzbekistan to keep top spot as the main supplier of raisins to the Chinese market, although the main competitors – the United States, Chile and Turkey – have reduced the supply of raisins to China less significantly,” analysts concluded.