Canada was the leading non-European destination for Spanish fruit and vegetables in January and February 2019, with exports that amounted to 16,587 tons and 18.7 million euro, according to the latest updated data from the General Directorate of Customs, processed by FEPEX.
In 2018 Canada was also the first non-European destination for Spanish fruit and vegetables. That year exports to this destination totaled 93.4 million euro, a 36% increase over 2017 driven by the Global Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, which came into force provisionally on September 21, 2017 and eliminated, as of that date, the duties applied to 98% of the products that the EU exchanges with Canada, including fruit and vegetables.
Canada was followed by the United States with 13.6 million euro, i.e. 95% more than in the same period of the previous year, surpassing the declines of previous years. Brazil also registered a positive performance, with a year-on-year growth of 8% in value with 8.7 million euro, overcoming the decline of 2018.
Spanish exports to non-European countries in the first two months of the year amounted to 96.6 million euro, which accounts for 4% of Spain's total exports in the period, which amounted to 2,633 million euro. 93% of the shipments were destined to EU countries (2,455 million euro), and 3% of them to non-EU countries within Europe (81.8 million euro), where Switzerland and Norway were the leading markets.
Shipments to Germany increased by 6% and amounted to 703.9 million euro, while exports to the United Kingdom increased by 3% totaling 361.2 million euro. Shipments to France and the Netherlands stabilized at 410.4 million euro and 245.7 million euro respectively, according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes. According to FEPEX, exports to non-EU countries are directly influenced by the development of the negotiation of phytosanitary protocols to access non-EU countries, which have extremely slow processes and are carried out by products.