Birol Celep, the President of the Aegean Dried Fruit and Products Exporters Association, stated that the exports of raisins, dried apricots and dried figs exceeded the $ 1 billion threshold in the 2019-2020 season.
In the statement made by the Aegean Exporters Union (EİB), it was noted that the demand for raisins, apricots and figs increased during the pandemic period. It was also stated that 414 thousand 878 tons of raisin, apricot and fig exports in the 2019-20 season are valued at $1 billion 5 million.
Birol Celep, the President of the Aegean Dried Fruits and Products Exporters Association stated that they were happy to pass the $ 1 billion threshold in exports of seedless raisins, dried apricots and dried figs in the 2019-20 season.
Emphasizing that they send grapes, figs and apricots to 120 different countries, Celep stated that they obtained $509 million 940 thousand of foreign currency income in return of 248 thousand 309 tons of export in seedless raisins. He said:
‘’ Turkey obtained $253 million 392 thousand of foreign currency income from 96 thousand 777 tons of exports in dried apricot season which ends at the end of June. The export of 69 thousand 791 tons of dried figs, whose season ended on September 30, reached $241 million 865 thousand of value. There was a contraction of up to 11 percent of Turkey’s exports in this season and we would like to thank all our exporters who contributed to the increase in our dried fruit exports. “
According to the data of Aegean Exporters Union; the 80 percent of Turkey’s raisin exports worth $509 million 940 thousand were made to European Union countries; England took place at the top with a demand of $154 million 740 thousand.
In the dried apricot exports list, USA took the first place with $35.5 million of exports, following USA; Germany demanded $24 million of Turkish apricot and France demanded $22.5 million.
According to the data, the export target of 70 thousand tons is accomplished in the dried fig exports, Germany demanded the most dried figs with an export value of $34 million 703 thousand.
source: AA / translated by Melisa Karayusufoglu