The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has published a detailed Directory of Central Asian Horticulture Exporters to provide key information on growers to potential buyers around the world.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, over 120 horticulture exporters from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are listed in the catalog that includes details about their products (by category), brands, distribution channels, and contact information. It also includes an overview of transportation costs and the transit time from Central Asian cities to export destinations in Europe and Asia.
“Central Asia has been producing and trading a wide range of fruit and vegetables for centuries. Many growers are now ready to expand their markets beyond the region. The directory was developed by USAID’s Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs activity as an easily accessible catalog to showcase Central Asian growers, processors and trading companies willing and ready to export their horticultural products. The directory is intended for use by horticulture importers, distributors, retail buyers, and international trade fair organizers,” the embassy said in a statement.
USAID recently developed a specialized Export Guide for Central Asian Horticulture Exporters describing steps that need to be followed to enter export markets. It also provides guidance on market research, standards, pricing, promotion, packaging, and trade fairs to increase the chances of successful exports.
Both publications will help Central Asian horticulture exporters to increase competitiveness and diversify their dependency on traditional markets by targeting new export destinations.