Fruit and vegetable imports fell by 2% in value and increased in volume by 15.5% in the first eight months of 2014

Spanish imports of fruit and vegetable between January and August 2014 amounted to 1.092 billion Euro and 1.5 million tons, a 2% decline in value and 15.5% increase in volume when compared to the same period of 2013. 

Fruit imports increased by 22% and amounted to 846,216 tons. The products with the highest increase in imports were the bananas, pineapples and avocados. Banana import amounted to 162,146 tons (+50%), pineapple imports totalled 96,804 tons (+59.5%) and avocado imports amounted to 39,694 tons (+79%). In contrast, apple imports declined 7% and amounted to 136,484 tons. Fruit imports amounted to 749 million Euro (+0.5%). 

Vegetable imports until August totalled 736,305 tons (+9%) worth 343 million Euro (-7%). According to the Directorate of General Customs, the vegetables imported the most were the potatoes, with 417,726 tons, (4%), and the beans, with 77,757 tons (+ 52%). 

According to FEPEX, the continued growth in of fruit and vegetables imports since 2013 demonstrates the growing importance of the domestic market. In 2013, imports increased by 3.7% in volume, amounting to 2.35 million tons, and 16% in value, reaching 1,637 million euro; the data in 2014, shows that the upward trend continues. 


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