According to the RF Federal Customs Service’s statistics, in January-March 2021 fresh and frozen meat import was down 16.1% to 59.2 thousand tons. Fresh and frozen poultry import decreased by 25.2% down to 41.6 thousand tons.
Fish import grew by 6.4% up to 111.2 thousand tons. Canned meat and meat specialties import declined by 4.4% making 4.3 thousand tons.
Milk and condensed cream import was down 20.7% to 29.2 thousand tons. Butter import decreased by 0.5% amounting to 37.2 thousand tons. Cheese import grew by 17.9% up to 83.7 thousand tons.
Palm oil import was up 8.9% to 251.6 thousand tons.
Citrus fruit import was down 0.5% to 587.9 thousand tons. Banana import decreased by 10.7% down to 391.6 thousand tons, and apple import grew by 6.6% up to 306.2 thousand tons.
Raw sugar import surged by 83.3% up to 2.2 thousand tons, white sugar import doubled to make 28.9 thousand tons.
Coffee import in January-March grew by 11.3% up to 62.3 thousand tons, and tea import by 5.9% up to 39.7 thousand tons.
In March, the following categories demonstrated a year-on-year growth in import volumes: citrus fruit (up 6.1% to 175.6 thousand tons), fish (up 32% to 35.1 thousand tons), cheese (up 22.5% to 28.3 thousand tons), white sugar (up 45.3-fold to 13.6 thousand tons) and raw sugar (up 2.3-fold to 0.9 thousand tons). Other food products import was down.
Compared to February 2021, the import of citrus fruit, fish, and raw sugar declined, the rest of the food product categories under report were up.
In March, coffee import increased by 13.1% year-on-year and declined by 4.2% month-on-month to make 20.7 thousand tons. Tea import was up 23.2% year-on-year and up 25.9% month-on-month to 17.5 thousand tons.
It should be noted that the customs value of imported foodstuffs in April 2021 increased by 15% year-on-year and decreased by 4.6% month-on-month to make $2.25 bn.