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Exports of peaches grow despite the Russian embargo

01 September 2014 / 16:09:56  GRReporter
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Ultimately exports of peaches from Greece increased despite the Russian embargo. According to the data discussed during today's meeting of the Coordinating Commission on Exports chaired by Deputy Minister of Development Notis Mitarakis, exports of peaches reached 141,000 tons this year compared to 112,000 tons last year, only 1,000 tons being directed to the programme for domestic consumption. Nevertheless, the proceeds of peach growers will probably reduce as the Russian-Ukrainian crisis is increasing the pressure on the prices that were reported after the beginning of 2014.
To provide a solution for the Greek agricultural products the Ministries of Development and Foreign Affairs will try, within 2014, to sign agreements on mutual recognition with countries such as India, China and Korea.

In addition to peaches, the crisis and the overall situation in the Russian market with the significant decline of the ruble against the euro had serious consequences on the export of Greek leather and on the number of Russian tourists visiting Greece that decreased from 1.3 million last year to 1.2 million this year.

Meanwhile, a public consultation announced by the Ministry of Development started today in conjunction with the bill on reducing bureaucracy in exports. As noted during today's meeting of the Coordinating Commission on Exports, the electronic export certificate will be in force from next month onwards. It also became clear that, in connection with the government's goal to reduce the time for export by 50% and its cost by 20%, in 2013 it achieved about a 17% reduction in the time for export and about 7.8% in its cost.

In terms of the total export rate, it is believed that this year it will remain stable, amounting to 27 billion euro.

Tags: EconomyExportsPeachesRussian-Ukrainian crisisMinistry of Development
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