Spain is the EU's largest tomato supplier

Spain has been the leading supplier of fresh and refrigerated tomatoes in the European Union (EU) during the first six months of 2015, according to data from the statistical service Euroestacom (Icex-Eurostat), with codes of the Tariff Integrated of the European Communities (TARIC).

Spanish tomato sales to its EU partners have accounted for 34.25 percent of all imports into the EU, with 503.36 of the total 1,466.43 million kilos of tomatoes purchased by the EU during the first half of 2015.

The second largest supplier has been the Netherlands, with 359.69 million kilos (24.52%), while Morocco took third place in the ranking, with 228.35 million kilos, 15.57 percent of the total.

France ranks fourth, with 106.29 million kilos (7.25%) and in fifth place we have Belgium, with 58.07 million kilos, 3.96 percent of the total.

The income obtained by Spain from the sale of tomatoes to other Member States amounted to 604.77 million Euro. The Netherlands received 544.85 million Euro; Morocco, 234.11 million; France, 137.63 and Belgium obtained 78.81 million Euro.

Looking at the EU's five largest tomato suppliers, the best price was obtained by the Netherlands, with an average of 1.51 Euro per kilo, followed by Belgium, with 1.36; France, 1.29; Spain, with 1.20 and lastly Morocco, which sold its tomatoes to the EU at an average price of 1.03 Euro per kilo.

Almeria has been the Spanish province selling the most tomatoes to the EU, with a total of 367.36 million kilos. This is 2.13 percent more than the whole of the Netherlands and 60.87 percent more than Morocco.

The second most important province has been Murcia, with 64.63 million kilos; in third place, with 45.75 million kilos, we have Granada; Las Palmas ranks fourth, with 37.75 million kilos and the fifth place goes to Valencia, which sold 32.89 million kilos of tomatoes to the EU during the first six months of 2015.

By value of sales, Almeria also ranks first, with 324.33 million Euro, followed by Granada, which obtained 76.43 million Euro; Murcia, with 66.04; Valencia, with 41.08, and Las Palmas, with 28.63 million Euro.

The province obtaining the best price out of the 5 largest exporters has been Granada, with 1.67 Euro per kilo, followed by Valencia, with 1.25; Murcia, with 1.02; Almeria, with 0.88 and Las Palmas, which has sold its tomatoes to the EU at an average price of 0.76 Euro per kilo.


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