Potato exports to Russia have been badly affected by the disruption of commercial activities at Port Said in Egypt.
According to exporters, 200,000 tons of potatoes were expected to be exported to Russia during the current season; however, because of suspension of commercial activities at Port Said, many shipments are being delayed for weeks, which may cause cancellation of more orders. All-Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association former senior vice president Aslam Pikhali said that the delays – caused by political unrest in Egypt – have prompted Russian importers to review their trade options.
Pakistan has exported 75,000 tons of potatoes during the current season but exporters fear that the 200,000-ton target may need to be revised to 150,000 tons. Pikhali added that export of Pakistani fruits and vegetables to Bahrain has also been affected.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2011.
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