“India and the United States agreed to relaunch the trade forum after four years”
Indian pomegranate arils will finally be able to find their way back to the American market, after four long years of stopping trade. Overall, Indian exporters still face significant challenges as air freight costs skyrocket and space availability is not guaranteed. Despite these challenges, one exporter says he’s having a successful season this year.
There was some very important news for Indian pomegranate aril exporters and fresh produce exporters in general, says Abhijeet Sethiya, owner of Santosh Exports: âIndia and the United States have agreed to relaunch the trade forum after four years. As the two governments come to an agreement, which hopefully will be very soon, it will be a great opportunity for us as exporters. The United States has always been a market that imports huge volumes of product. And four years has been a long wait for all of us.
The season has been difficult so far, with increased transportation costs and availability. Despite this, Santosh is heading for a successful season, Sethiya says. âThe year of the pomegranate arils was a year for the hardest to survive. With air freight skyrocketing even today, there has been no improvement in air freight and airspace for a year now. So, it is difficult to compete. For us in general it has already been a fantastic year. We are seeing very good growth in European countries for pomegranate arils.
The consumption of pomegranate arils is increasing in European markets, which offers more opportunities to the Indian exporter: âThere has been an increase in demand for pomegranate arils in general. The popularity of pomegranates and arils has increased in European countries. The consumption of the product is simply more important nowadays, hence the increase in demand from various countries. The prices are higher than in previous years. This is due to the expensive logistics of which we are all aware. “
âOur most important markets are the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. We are now looking forward to starting our shipments to Luxembourg, Austria and Italy very soon, âexplains Sethiya. However, producing and exporting fresh produce will become more difficult due to global warming: âWith the changing climatic conditions all over the world, we are seeing that it is affecting agriculture in India. Unexpected rains affect fruits and vegetables. This poses a challenge for consistency everywhere.