Fresh fruit and vegetable trade between EU Member States remains stable in terms of volume, with 21 million tons, while the value has fallen slightly, with 1% less and 19,991 million Euro, according to the latest data revealed by the Office of Statistics of the EU, Eurostat, corresponding to the first semester of 2018, and compared with the same period of the previous year.
Up until June 2018, the volume of vegetables marketed within the EU stood at 11.6 million tons; 2% more than in the same period of 2017. Those vegetables were worth 8,914 million Euro (-7%). Looking at individual products, potatoes are the most marketed, with 4 million tons (+3%) during the period at hand. France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the biggest sellers. In terms of value, there has been a striking 20% decline, down to 934 million Euro.
The report also highlights the behavior of the intra-community trade of tomatoes, which has registered a slight decrease in terms of volume (-1%), with 1.3 million tons, and a more pronounced decrease in terms of value (-9%), which stands at 1,804 million Euro. Spain ranks as the EU's leading tomato exporter, with 518,592 tonnes (-1%) and 570.8 million Euro (+6%), followed by the Netherlands, with 505,877 tons (+2%) and 772.6 million Euro (-5%).
As for fruit, the volume traded between Member States in the first half of the year stood at 9.3 million tonnes (-3%) worth 11,067 million Euro (+4%), according to Eurostat data, processed by FEPEX.
According to FEPEX, there have been no significant changes in the trade flow between the main importing countries: Germany, France and the Netherlands. Germany's fresh fruit and vegetable imports from other EU countries stood at 4.9 million tons worth 6,028 million Euro in the first half of 2018; up 2% in terms of both volume and value. The import from France amounted to 2.3 million tons (-3%) worth 2,293 million Euro (-4%), while those from the Netherlands totaled 2 million tons worth 1,392 million Euro, 2% less in terms of both volume and value.
Regarding exporting countries, Spain, the Netherlands and France are the top three, although Spain has registered a slight decline during the period at hand, with 6.4 million tons worth 7,074 million Euro exported. The Netherlands sales to other EU states stood at 4.9 million tonnes worth 5,613 million Euro, 7% and 4% more, respectively. Meanwhile, France's exports amounted to 2.2 million tonnes (+4%) worth 1,217 million euros (-16%), according to Eurostat data.