Spain, first fourth months of 2018

Spanish horticultural exports to the EU down 4%; shipments to third countries up 5%

Fruit and vegetable exports intended for the EU fell by 4% and those shipped to third countries grew by 5% in the first four months of 2018.

The value of the fruit and vegetable exports shipped to the EU in the first four months of the year stood at 4,745 million Euro (-4%), while exports to third countries grew by 5%, totalling 338.1 million Euro. Consequently, the total value of Spanish exports in this period reached 5,083 million Euro (-4%), according to the latest data from the General Directorate of Customs.

The drop in exports to the EU was due to the behaviour of the main recipients of Spanish fruit and vegetables, with drops of 3% in the case of Germany, standing at 1,341 million Euro; 1% in the case of France, standing at 832 million Euro, and 4% in the case of the Netherlands, with 473 million Euro.

Outside the EU, the main destinations are two countries within Europe: Switzerland, with 100 million Euro (-4%), and Norway, with 42 million Euro (+49%). Outside Europe, the biggest markets are Canada, which has recorded a strong 91% growth in the first four months of the year, with 33.2 million Euro, and China, with 37% more and 25.4 million Euro. Next in the ranking are the United Arab Emirates, with a 26% drop and 17.6 million Euro, Brazil, with 16.1 million Euro (+28%), Saudi Arabia, with 13.4 million Euro (-22%) and the United States, with 12.3 million Euro (-31%).

In terms of volume, the Spanish export of fruits and vegetables in the first four months amounted to 4.6 million tonnes, 1% more than in the same period of 2017. Of these, 4.3 million tonnes were shipped to the EU, the same figure as in the same months of 2017, and 265,532 tonnes went to non-EU countries (+13%), according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the Tax Agency, processed by FEPEX.


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