The Russian government has announced that it is to extend its embargo on imports of food from the US, the EU, Norway, Australia, Ukraine and Canada. The ban has been in place since August 7, 2014 regarding products from the US, the EU, Australia, and will now be extended until December 31st 2020. The measure is a response to economic sanctions imposed by other countries on Russia in protest at its annexation of Crimea. Other non-food goods are also included in the respective bans.
Russia extends ban on food imports up to end of 2020
Large apple stocks in the EU
The apple stocks as per 1st December in the European Union, reported by the World Apple Association, show a small decline of 1.4% in availability, though the 5.1 million tons of apples stored is still the second largest registered at that date. November sales were slow and the Russian embargo was hurting Polish exporters.
This year, it is more difficult to pass the Belarus borders and exporters are not taking any more risks of Russian customs agents destroying the produce.
Fruit and vegetable volumes under EU’s new support scheme in wake of Russian ban
Volumes per country and product under the additional temporary exceptional support measures for producers of certain fruit and vegetables laid down by the European Commission in its regulation on September 29 this year.