Food exports to Russia
Russia has a very large area and population, on the other hand, its climate has made it difficult or limited to supply some food items, which is why the food export market to Russia is always active all year round. On the other hand, Russia’s high standards in the field of food exports to this country have made this process somewhat difficult. Exported food products must be of very high quality in order to be successful.
Given that Iran has a lot of potential in the field of food production, it can be said that there are many opportunities for traders and exporters of these items and now over 70% of exports of Iran to Russia is allocated to food items such as agricultural products and protein. These products include grapes, oranges, tomatoes, raisins, pistachios, garlic, onions, etc.
Export of fruits and vegetables to Russia
In Russia, 10.6% of the food basket is devoted to fruits and vegetables. Each family in Moscow spends an average of $ 114 a week on food and $ 89 a week in other cities with a population of less than 500,000. The country is heavily dependent on fruit and vegetable imports. The country’s fruit imports are at their lowest in the summer. In summer, agricultural products are exported to this country, especially fruits and vegetables, from regional markets such as Ukraine, Moldova and the Middle East.
List of countries exporting to Russia
In general, the countries that export fruits and vegetables to Russia are:
Turkey: citrus fruits, grapes, and stone fruits
China: apples, citrus fruits, and stone fruits
Argentina: apples, pears, and citrus fruits
Tomatoes, onions, and garlic account for the largest volume of Russian imports in the field of vegetables.
Nuts and dried fruit items exported to Russia
The most important items of nuts and dried fruit exports to Russia along with their exporting countries are as follows:
Peanuts: India, Argentina, China, Brazil
Sesame: India, Mexico
Pumpkin seeds: China
Raisins: Iran, Turkey, India, Chile, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan
Spices: Turkey, Tajikistan
Almonds: China, Chile, Turkey
Pistachio: Iran, China
Hazelnuts: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey
Bukhara plum: Moldova, Azerbaijan, Chile, Argentina
Dried fruits: Thailand, Philippines, China, Poland, Turkey, Azerbaijan
94.5% of pistachio exports to Russia belong to Iran.
Export of nuts and dried fruits to Russia
One of the most important Iranian nuts that has a very good market in Russia is related to the pistachio product, which is widely used to buy high tonnage pistachios from chain stores in this country under long-term contracts. About half of the nuts in Russia are supplied through exports, and the export of nuts to Russia has been able to create a very good market for other dried fruit-producing countries.
Since our country Iran is one of the most important producers of this product in the world, the export of nuts to this country has a special place among Iranian traders. It can almost be said that Iran’s income from the export of nuts to Russia is higher than the export of fruits and vegetables, and this is due to the export of very high volume of pistachios and raisins to this country. Iran is known as the largest supplier of pistachios in Russia.
Export of saffron to Russia
Saffron is one of the most important export goods of Iran, which is found in many food markets around the world. Saffron is also exported to Russia annually in high volumes due to its high profitability. Saffron is one of the strategic goods of Iran in the field of export, which is very profitable for the activists of this sector due to its very high value and ease of transportation and storage. Currently, saffron is exported to Russia from Iran and Spain, and the Spanish product is also the Iranian saffron, which is exported to other countries with Spanish packaging and branding after being exported in bulk to Spain. Exporting saffron to Russia calls for further development of marketing in the large Russian market and can bring a unique opportunity for the country to prevent the sale of saffron in bulk to other countries.