Moscow increases exports of finished meat products by almost 21 percent
Over the first six months of 2021, Moscow-based exporters delivered finished meat products worth 27.86 million dollars abroad. This is 20.7 per cent higher than the same period last year, when goods worth 23.09 million dollars were exported, and 24.2 per cent higher than January-June 2019, when the Russian capital exported products worth 22.43 million dollars.
“Earlier, our foreign partners were mostly importing meat and its by-products produced in the capital; in the first half of the year, we supplied goods worth 29.6 million dollars. Now we see growing demand for finished meat products – during the reporting period, goods worth 27.86 million dollars were exported. Thus, the total exports of Moscow meat products amounted to 57.46 million dollars,” Vladimir Efimov, Deputy Moscow Mayor for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations, says.
In the first half of the year, Moscow was exporting finished meat products to 18 countries. The main importers were our neighbours – Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan. Also, the capital supplies goods to Moldova and other markets, including non-CIS ones, such as Vietnam, Panama, and Hong Kong.
According to the Mosprom centre for export support and development, most of the finished meat products supplies – about two thirds – are sausage products. The demand for such products has been increasing over the years. So, over the first half of 2021, its export totaled to 17.47 million dollars, for the same period of 2020 – to 14.62 million dollars, and the figure for the period from January to June 2019 was 13.9 million dollars.
“If we talk about other types of Moscow meat products, I would highlight the export of meat and its by-products. In this product category, the most significant growth was shown by frozen beef, the supply of which boosted from 3.31 million dollars over the first half of 2019 to 11.05 million dollars over the same period in 2021,” Aleksandr Prokhorov, Head of the Department of Investment and Industrial Policy of Moscow, says.
In addition, over the first six months of this year, Moscow exporters expanded the geography of their meat and by-products supply by a third – from 14 to 19 markets worldwide, including countries such as Benin and Saudi Arabia. In 2021, the principal sales markets were Kazakhstan, China, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Belarus, and Hong Kong.
The Mosprom centre specialists point out that over the past few years China has been ranking top five of importers of Moscow meat and its by-products. According to the results of the first half of the year, the respective exports to the said country increased by two and three times against the corresponding periods of 2020 and 2019, respectively.
The Mosprom centre for export support and development, subordinated to the Moscow Department of Investment and Industrial Policy, provides individual support for the capital's industrial exports and exports of agricultural products.
The centre’s experts analyze the target markets for the capital’s manufacturers: they study the macroeconomic reports, the risk profiles, including entry barriers, the state of the industry in the target market and its dependence on exports and imports, and conduct a SWOT analysis of the consumer market. They also provide individual analytics for companies, in order to determine the most efficient strategy for a manufacturer to enter foreign markets.
Furthermore, as part of the buyer program, the experts – free of charge, and driven by specific export needs – help Moscow companies find counterparties and negotiate with potential buyers abroad, and support Moscow companies in terms of their taking part in international exhibitions and sales missions.