Lockdown hinders Georgian mandarin’s exports

TBILISI(BPI)- Due to the unstable situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, some companies  feel unsecure about exporting products from Georgia.

 

Kakha Shavadze, founder of Adjara Kading Group, he has not yet decided whether he will buy tangerines from farmers for export.

 

“My company focuses on quality. We export fruits to Russia and occupy our own niche selling high quality and expensive products. This year we have not sent a large amount of our products due to the pandemic as we did not know when the borders would be closed or a lockdown would be announced in any region. I did not want to risk and sent only five trucks with cargo that is very few given a very fruitful year.

 

“From purely economic calculations, I am hesitating   over the question of whether or not to buy mandarins for export. The tangerine season lasts from a month to one and a half, and to prepare for it requires investment pouring to purchase packaging materials and other organizational issues. If a lockdown is announced, I’ll get crushed financially! This year I will most likely not export mandarins,” Kakha Shavadze explains.

 

In 2019, the largest volumes of tangerines were exported to Russia – 20,000 tons; Ukraine – 5,200 tons, Armenia – 4,400 tons.

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