Turkey's raisin exports to Asia significantly up this season
The highest increase in Turkey's raisin exports was seen in exports to Far Eastern countries such as China, Japan and South Korea.
According to the Aegean Exporters' Association data, Turkey obtained $318.35 million in revenue in return for selling 201,408 tons of raisins from September 2017 to May 2018, a period in which the country exported high amounts of raisins. Having come to make their products high added value ones in recent years, Turkish raisin exporters sold 193,046 tons of raisins in the same period of this season, bringing $383.15 million into the Turkish economy.
While raisin exports dropped by 4 percent on amount basis, they rose by 20 percent in value compared to the previous season.
The U.K. ranked first in Turkey's raisin exports with $102 million, followed by Germany with $46 million and the Netherlands with $39.2 million.
Meanwhile, the most pleasing development in raisin exports was seen in exports to the Far East.
A total of $4 million worth of raisins were exported to China, the most populous country in the world, with a 120 percent rise on a value basis. Moreover, raisin exports to Japan amounted to $11 million with an 87 percent hike.
Turkey exported $1.27 million worth of raisins to Thailand and its raisin exports to South Korea totaled $1.1 million with a 231 percent and 46 percent upsurge, respectively.