According to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the revenue generated in Spain by watermelon exports, from 1 January to 30 September, increased by 30% compared to the same period of 2012.
Up to 30 September this year, Spain exported 519.83 million kilos of watermelons with a total value of 257.88 million Euro. During the same period last year, 484.39 million kilos were exported for which the country perceived 198.91 million Euro.
The average price of watermelons exported by Spain worldwide during the first nine months of 2013 was of 0.496 Euro per kilo, while for the same period last year, the price was of 0.41 Euro per kilo.
The average price paid by countries in the European Union (EU) was of 0.49 Euro per kilo, while exports to non-EU destinations reached an average price of 0.56 Euro per kilo.
Out of the twenty EU countries that imported the most watermelons, the one paying the best prices was Latvia, with 0.649 Euro per kilo, followed by Belgium (0.648) and Italy (0.632).
The fourth place was for Austria, which paid an average price of 0.55 Euro per kilo.
The country paying the worst prices was Ireland, with just 0.421 Euro per kilo, preceded by Poland (0.429), the UK (0.431) and the Czech Republic (0.453).The main importers
As what usually happens with most agricultural products, Germany was the largest watermelon importer, with a total of 197,799 million kilos, for which it paid 99,085 million Euro (0.50 Euro per kilo).
France was the second largest importer, with a total of 105,367 million kilos, for which it paid 51,578 million Euro.
The third in the ranking was The Netherlands, which purchased 44,622 million kilos of watermelons at a total value of 21,894 million Euro (0.49 Euro per kilo).