Russia has surpassed India, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Italy and other leading suppliers of spices to become the world’s largest exporter of coriander, the Russian export centre (REC) told Lenta.ru.
During the first eight months of 2016, Russia exported more coriander than it did all of last year: 43,500 tonnes compared to 31,500 tonnes in 2015. In 2014, Russian supply of this product to the global market was 9,000 tonnes.
This year, Russia may account for about a third of the world’s coriander exports, notes REC. India serves as the main market for Russian coriander, purchasing 58% of the exported spice. The spice is also exported to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Europe and the Middle East.
Last year, Bloomberg called Russia the “grain superpower.” Russia is currently regaining its status as the world’s largest grain exporter, the agency stated. According to the Federal Customs Service, Russia's main exports comprise of oil, gas, coal, metals, chemical products, agricultural produce, machinery and equipment, as well as arms.