Russia will discuss with Turkey the possible ban of pepper and Chinese cabbage

“To strengthen control”

“At present sufficient grounds for imposing ban on import of pepper from Turkey,” Dankvert was quoted by TASS. The head of the Rosselkhoznadzor added that under the restrictions can get as lettuce and cabbage.

Dankvert’s assistant Alexei Alexeyenko said that such measures can be applied, due to the increased numbers of biological safety violations identified in Turkish products. As specified on the website of Rosselkhoznadzor, from the beginning of 2016 was “identified 17 cases of detection of two types of quarantine for Russia objects in the <…> production of Turkish origin”. For example, on 29 February, the team prevented the shipments from Turkey to the seaport of Gelendzhik more than 20 tons of Chinese cabbage infected with Western (Californian) flower thrips. From the beginning of 2016 the total weight of infected products exceeded 142 T.

Alekseenko added that on 11 March, the Rosselkhoznadzor will hold negotiations with Turkey, which will be devoted to biological safety of Turkish products and the possible limitation of supply in the event of default of this requirement. “We are talking about temporary protective measures can be lifted as soon as the provider will eliminate the breach. We believe that the Turkish side must tighten control”, — said Alekseenko.

Turkey is one of the largest suppliers in Russia of peppers, lettuce, and cabbage, said the CEO of industry portal FruitNews Irina Goat: “the market Situation as a result of the sanctions, including against Turkey, out of balance. Additional restrictions will only hurt the market: increase the supply illegally from other States that would increase the cost of production to the final consumer”.

In 2014-2015 under the Russian sanctions have hit supplies of beef, pork, fruit, vegetables, meat poultry, cheese, milk and dairy products from EU, USA, Australia, Canada and Norway. From January 1, 2016 banned the import of food products from Turkey: tomatoes, cucumbers and gherkins, mandarins, oranges, cauliflower and broccoli, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, chicken, cloves and salt.

Replacement Turkey

According to the world trade Center, in 2015 Russia imported lettuce at $14.8 million, 64.1% less than the year before. The import of pepper has declined 40.4 percent, to $124,8 million, Chinese cabbage — by 53,6%, to $16.4 million In Turkey in 2015 accounted for more than 23% of import of lettuce, more than 11% of foreign and pepper over 6% — Chinese cabbage.

In January interviewed six of the largest Russian retailers, which occupies about 20% of the Russian market of retail trade on what products they replaced Turkish supplies. For example, “the Magnet” has switched to products from Morocco, Azerbaijan and Armenia. The representative of X5 Retail Group (a network “Pyaterochka”, “Perekrestok”, “Karusel”), the second largest Russian retailer, said that all Turkish goods used to take about 1% of its turnover (according to the forecast of “INFOLine-Analysts”, the turnover of X5 following the results of 2015 totaled 819 billion rubles). X5 intends to increase the supply of grapes and plums from the southern regions of Russia, other fruits, particularly oranges and tangerines, establishes additional supply from Morocco, Egypt and Israel, the vegetables from Morocco, Iran, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Belarus.

“Dixie” has concluded agreements for the supply of tomatoes from Morocco and Egypt, started to increase supplies of citrus from Israel, Pakistan, South Africa, Argentina and other countries. The Metro company has replaced the import of Turkish fruit imports from Morocco, Egypt and Israel, and Turkish cucumbers and tomatoes — on Russian, Iranian and Moroccan.