In the past five years, the value of fruit and vegetable exports from Morocco has almost doubled, from 1,174.67 million Euro in 2014 to 2,079.38 million in 2018.
Spain has become the number one importer of Moroccan fruit. As for vegetables, France is the most important buyer and Spain stands second in the ranking, according to data from the United Nations Statistical Department, COMTRADE.
The value of Moroccan fruit exports rose from 523.94 million Euro in 2014 to more than 1 billion Euro in 2018.
In 2018, Spain bought fruit from Morocco worth 306.66 million Euro, compared to 85.01 million Euro in 2014. This growth was mainly due to the purchase of red fruits (worth 176.86 million Euro) and watermelon (48 million Euro.
France is in second place in the 2018 ranking of largest buyers of Moroccan fruit, with imports worth € 192.26 million, compared to 91.66 million Euro in 2014. France imported mainly citrus fruits (worth 56.15 million Euro), melons (43 million Euro), berries (31.56 million Euro) and watermelons (30.74 million Euro).
In 2014, the Netherlands bought fruit from Morocco worth 91.91 million euros. In 2018, the value of those imports reached 150.84 million Euro. 75.25 million corresponded to berries, 44.02 million to citrus fruits and 10.58 million Euro to watermelon.
Russia is also an important market for Moroccan fruit. In 2014, the country imported fruit worth 92.52 million Euro. In 2018, this figure had risen to 115.91 million Euro. Those imports consisted almost entirely of citrus fruits (worth 115.65 million Euro).
The value of Moroccan vegetable exports has risen by 65.83 percent in the last five years, from 650.73 million Euro in 2014 to 1,079.13 million Euro in 2018.
France remains the most important customer for vegetables from Morocco. This is mainly due to the purchase of tomatoes; a product for which France is traditionally the gateway to the European markets. Half of the value of Moroccan tomato exports in 2018 corresponds to purchases from France. The country purchased tomatoes from Morocco worth 536.26 million Euro, compared with 342.88 million Euro in 2014. Also worth mentioning is the price France paid to Morocco for the import of beans and peppers: 61.94 million and 47 million, respectively.
In 2018, Spain bought vegetables from Morocco worth 242.57 million Euro (in 2014, this figure stood at 108.66 million). Of this amount, 118.41 million Euro corresponded to green beans, 50.26 million to bell peppers and 39.52 million to tomatoes.
Russia was the third most important importer of Moroccan vegetables, surpassing the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. While the country bought vegetables from Morocco worth 28.24 million Euro in 2014, the value of last year's imports stood at 84.09 million Euro. Most of this was generated by tomato exports, worth 80.83 million Euro.