Imports registered an increase in both volumes (9.1%) and value (5.5%).
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%).
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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