Fruitimprese data on fresh produce trade during the first six months of 2017

The positive trend of Italian produce exports to the main global markets continues. As regards the first six months of 2017, Istat data show a drop in exported volumes (-6.8%) with an increase in value (3.1%). The balance is €357 million (-8.2% compared to 2016). The sign was positive for fresh fruit (+6.6%), pulses and vegetables (+4.3%) and negative for citrus fruit (-15%) and dried fruit (-8%).

Imports registered an increase in both volumes (9.1%) and value (5.5%).
The value of citrus fruit imports increased a lot (+43.2%), while that of pulses and vegetables, dried fruit and tropical fruit increased by 10%.

There was an increase in the volume of citrus fruit (62.8%), fresh fruit (12.8%), dried fruit (6.6%) and tropical fruit (9.5%). The sign was negative for vegetables (-3.3%). 

During the first six months of the year, Italy exported approximately 2 million tons of produce for €2.3 billion, while it imported approximately 2 million tons of produce for €1.9 billion.

Giacomo Suglia (in the photo above), national vice president of Fruitimprese, says that "these numbers confirm the great professionalism of the Italian fresh produce sector and of its companies. Even though we exported 141,000 tons less, we increased the value by €70 million. Despite the Russian ban and problems in many north African markets, businesses are proving dynamic for what concerns globalisation."

"We believe there is room for our produce on the global market. We are ready to take advantage of all opportunities. The fresh produce sector is one of our pillars and we need support to establish new relations and overcome customs barriers."

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