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    Morocco consolidates as Spain's largest non-EU fruit and veg supplier

    06 Dec 2018

    The Spanish import of fresh fruit and vegetables from third countries grew by 18% from January to September compared to the same period of the previous year and was worth 1,413 million Euro. Morocco is the largest supplier, with 507 million Euro (+15%), and consolidates its position in the Spanish market, accounting for 36% of the total volume purchased from non-EU countries, and for 25% of all Spanish imports.

    The volume of Spain's fruit and vegetable imports from Morocco up to September totaled 321,188 tons, which is 7% more than in the previous year. The increase has been continuous and the growth rates are very high. Over the last five years, imports in the period from January to September have increased from 185 million Euro to 507 million Euro, which is 174% more. In terms of volume, they have gone from 153,530 tons to 321,188 tons; a 109% growth.

    Vegetable imports from Morocco up until September amounted to 173,564 tons (+15%) worth 209 million Euro (+ 1.5%). Some noteworthy products are green beans, with 63,856 tons (+15%) worth 107 million Euro (+9%); peppers, with 40,562 tons (+22%) and 40.6 million Euro (-13%); tomatoes, with 37,375 tons (+18%) and 36 million Euro (+8%) or zucchini, with 11,927 tons (+54%) worth 7 million Euro (+28%). When it comes to fruit, imports amounted to 147,625 tons (+1%) worth 297 million Euro (+28%). The most important products are watermelons, with 74,529 tons (+14%) worth 42 million Euro (+26%); oranges, with 17,735 tons (-52%) and 9 million Euro, (-58%); raspberries, with 14,575 tons (+51%) and 114 million Euro (+95%); blueberries, with 12,420 tons (+16%) and 70 million Euro (+10%) and avocados, with 9,025 tons (+55%) worth 25 million Euro (+74%).

    The Spanish import of fresh fruits and vegetables from third countries accounted for 70% of all Spanish purchases in the period from January to September. The total value stood at 2,028 million Euro. Behind Morocco, the second and third largest suppliers in the Spanish market are Peru, with 196 million Euro (+20%), and Argentina, with 108 million Euro (+78%).

    Spanish imports from the EU dropped by 13%, totaling 615.4 million Euro, with France as the biggest supplier, with 201 million Euro (-14%). The Netherlands has become the third largest supplier, with 97 million Euro during the period at hand (-10%). In second place we find Portugal, which has grown by 3%, totaling 126.5 million Euro (+3%), according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the Tax Agency. For FEPEX, it is worth noting that imports from the EU have fallen, while imports from third countries have grown.

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