The European Union increases the supply of wine to Russia by 40%
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Startling statistics brought news today. This autumn, August-October 2022, the EU countries have literally flooded us with their wine. Its deliveries increased by more than 40% compared to the same period in 2021.
The list of European countries from which most of the wine came to us also looks rather strange. In 2021, the top main suppliers to EU countries included Italy, Spain and France (data from the Russian Agricultural Bank Industrial Experience Center). Today, judging by the statistics of the European Commission, these are Latvia, Lithuania (well, the most “wine” countries) and Italy. Even more surprising are the main states that suddenly decided to give us wine to drink twice as actively as before – supplies from there increased by more than 100% (in liters) compared to autumn 2021. These are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia and Finland.
– So it was, it was – and finally it came, – the family retailer commented pensively on the situation. Adding that exactly how it was going, the statistics reveal only a little, but no one will tell the whole truth, because I would like to get the next batches of wine. As well as other products with which the situation is similar.
Generally speaking, it looks like this. Since March, “luxury items” worth more than 300 euros have been under European sanctions. This includes alcohol. There really were problems with elite expensive drinks. But no one forbids selling Spanish and Italian table wines to Russia, which are abundant in their homeland and for 15-20 euros.
The problem, however, as with other goods, arose with logistics and settlements. During the summer months, the stores mainly sold leftover European alcohol. The reserves of which, as experts said in the spring, were for 3-4 months. But the retailers were placing new orders and deciding, together with the suppliers, what to do to “arrive”. In the fall, he finally came in with a wide margin. Including with reinsurance, so that the goods are enough for the New Year holidays in the event that the found trading corridors for some reason are abruptly closed.
By the way, European countries that have a land border with Russia, and primarily Latvia, are not for the first time this year appearing as “main” suppliers of the most unexpected products for Russia. Experts explain it like this. In customs statistics, the last EU country through which the goods followed and from which they directly arrived in Russia is usually indicated as the exporting country. So it happened that the Baltic states give us wine to drink.
Main exporting countries of wine to Russia
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