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Spain: 31% growth of Moroccan fruit and veg imports

The value of the Spanish import of fruits and vegetables from Morocco has grown by 31% in 2017 compared to the previous year, totalling 555.5 million Euro. The growing trend of recent years continues and the country consolidates as the largest supplier in the Spanish import market. Meanwhile, the volume has grown by 26%, standing at 367,239 tonnes, according to data from the General Directorate of Customs.

In recent years, both the value and volume of Spain's fruit and vegetable imports from Morocco have been growing constantly. In the last five years, the value has increased by 188%, going from 192.5 million Euro in 2013 to 250.3 million Euro in 2014, 337.2 million Euro in 2015, 424.4 million Euro in 2016 and 555.5 million in 2017. In terms of volume, there has been a 107% growth in the last five years, with the total going from 177,097 tonnes in 2013 to 199,437 tonnes in 2014, 242,172 tonnes in 2015, 291,694 tonnes in 2016 and 367,239 tonnes in 2017.

Morocco supplies a wide range of fruits and vegetables, with 207,211 tonnes of vegetables imported in 2017 (+4% more than in 2016) worth 286.8 million Euro (+16%), and 160,029 tonnes of fruit (+72%) worth 268.7 million Euro (+52%).

The most imported vegetables are green beans, with 77,762 tonnes (-11%) and 143 million Euro (+8%) and tomatoes, with 48,425 tonnes (+36%) and 49 million Euro (+52%). Other significant products are peppers, with 41,109 tonnes (+14.5%) and 59.4 million Euro (+36%), courgettes, with 11,961 tonnes (-3%) and 12.5 million Euro (+42%) and cucumbers, with 6,306 tonnes (+9%) and 5 million Euro (-1%).

As for fruits, the highest volumes correspond to watermelons, with 61,613 tonnes (+62%) and 33.6 million Euro (+72%), and oranges, with 39,047 tonnes (+320%) and 22.4 million Euro (+357%). Other noteworthy products are berries, especially raspberries, with 13,002 tonnes (+44%) and 77.1 million Euro (+40%), and blueberries, with 10,769 tonnes (+42%) and 64.2 million Euro (+45.5%).

Morocco accounted for 22% of the value of all Spanish fruit and vegetable imports in 2017 and 12% of the volume. The second largest supplier is France, with 824,003 tonnes in 2017, 3% more than in 2016, and shipments worth 304.3 million Euro (-3%).

For FEPEX, the strong growth of imports from Morocco is a cause for concern, because a wide range of products is delivered and many of them have production schedules overlapping with the Spanish.


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