Biosecurity agencies of India have decided to open the Indian market for Ukrainian apples, the Ukrsadprom association has reported on its website.
According to the report, Ukrainian apples harvested in 2018 can already be delivered to India, if the established phytosanitary conditions are observed. The Indian side determined the special conditions for supply of Ukrainian apples, in particular, keeping them until shipment from Ukraine at a temperature of 0 centigrade for 13 days, which should be indicated in the phytosanitary certificate.
“The opening of the Indian market for Ukrainian apples is the number one event not only for gardeners, but also for Ukraine as a whole. India is able to completely replace the Russian market, which was the main one for Ukrainian apples until 2014, and also would lead to the need to improve the technology of growing and storage, which was not required for the Russian market, since the time of transportation to India is about a month,” Head of the Ukrsadprom association Dmytro Kroshka said.
In addition, in his opinion, this will lead to the development of maritime logistics of fruits when exporting from Ukraine, will give the opportunity of significantly increasing the trade turnover between Ukraine and India, given the volume and significantly higher cost of Ukrainian apples compared to, for example, grain crops exported to India.