Exports of fruits and processed products from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first quarter amounted to about 26.24 million BAM and decreased by 5.5% compared to the same period last year, while imports amounted to almost 52 million BAM and increased by 20.7 percent compared to the first quarter of last year, according to Srna news agency.
According to the analysis of the Foreign Trade Chamber on the impact of the coronavirus on this sector in BiH, the export of frozen raspberries, which is still dominant, amounted to about 13.81 BAM million in the first quarter and recorded a slight decrease of 0.8 percent compared to the same period last year.
“The volume of frozen raspberry exports fell more than its value, suggesting a slight increase in the export price, which is good,” this analysis points out. The significant drop in fruit crops, which also dominate the sector, is recorded in fresh pears, so the export of this fruit in the first three months amounted to about 5.54 million BAM and decreased by 15.4 percent compared to the same period last year.
Almost all of the fresh pear exports were to Russia. Exports of fresh apples in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, decreased by 12.8 percent and amounted to about 3.3 million BAM, and almost all exports were directed to the Russian Federation and Montenegro.
Exports of fruit jams in the first three months of this year amounted to about 1.45 million BAM and increased by 17.4 percent compared to the same period last year.