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In a bid to reduce the country’s trade deficit, Algeria has announced a ban on imports of 900 products, according to the Algerian Ministry of Commerce.

Exports from New Zealand’s agricultural sector are strong and expected to grow by 8.5% in 2018, to NZ$41.4 billion, marking the largest annual increase since 2014.

Mexico’s grapefruit exports for 2017/18 are expected to rise to 20,000 tons due to higher demand. Europe’s demand is stronger and offers better prices than the US market.

Following protracted negotiations, the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement is starting to make progress.

Although most fresh cherries sold in the US are produced domestically market, average imports between 2010 and 2016 reached 14.8 million kg, up from the 2000-09 average of 10.4 million kg.

Agriculture and rural development Commissioner Phil Hogan will continue his series of diplomatic offensives on behalf of European food and drink products with visits to Saudi Arabia and Iran on 7-1

Nordic countries import €1.74 billion in vegetables and €2.77 billion in fruit

Over the last 3 years, volumes have increased by 8% for vegetables and 5% for fruit.

Sweden and Norway are the top importers for both the fruit and vegetable categories.

Fruit and vegetable exports from Guatemala are gaining ground in Europe, recording an annual growth of 10% over the past five years.

In data provided by the Guatemalan Export Association (AGEXPORT), in 2015 shipments of these two items accounted for 13% of total Guatemalan foreign sales, a figure equivalent to US $ 1,372,000.

 Traditionally, the diet of the Kazakhs included mainly meat and dairy products, but now fruit suppliers are seeing increasing fruit consumption and growing demand.

Kazakhstan, a country with a population of 17.6 million and a stable economy, is becoming a prospective market for traders.

Fepex says the strong growth in the value of EU fruit and vegetable imports reflects the ease of access to the EU compared to other markets, and the strong competition EU producers face from non-EU producers.

EU imports of fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries totalled €11.7 billion for January-October 2015 – 12% higher than over the same period in 2014.

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