Selin ATAY-TDO-Russia may import fruit, vegetable, and seafood products from Turkey or Morocco, replacing imports from China amid coronavirus outbreak, an official said on Wednesday.

"Vegetables, fruits and seafood make up the basis of Chinese food exports to Russia [...] At the moment, the falling volumes [of food products] can easily be replaced by supplies from other countries, such as Morocco and Turkey," Dmitry Vostrikov, head of Russia’s Food Products Manufacturers and Suppliers Association said.

According to Vostrikov, a total of 453,000 tons of vegetables worth $370 million were imported from China in the first 11 months of 2019. "Israel ranks second in this area with 139,000 tons worth $135 millions of imports. Turkey is in third place with 136,000 tons worth $148 million," he noted.

Many countries have suspended their imports from China following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus that has so far claimed 491 lives.

Alongside the suspension of imports, international brands also closed their business. Levi Strauss & Co., which in October opened its biggest China store in the city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, is among the international brands that together have closed thousands of outlets around the country, including McDonald’s Corp. and Starbucks Inc., in part to comply with government requests for people to remain off the streets.

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