From January to April 2019, Spanish fruit and vegetable exports grew by 8% in terms of volume and by 6% in terms of value compared to the same period of 2018, totaling 5 million tons and 5,370 million Euro, according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes of the Tax Agency, processed by FEPEX.
Vegetable sales in the first quarter have increased by 5% in terms of volume and by 12% in terms of value compared to the same period of 2018, totaling 2.6 million tons and 2,784 million Euro. Worthy of note is the good performance of peppers, with 409,310 tons (+10%) and 572 million Euro (+19%), and cabbages, with 285,452 tons (+19%) and 302 million Euro (+22%). Tomatoes and lettuce, the most exported vegetables in this period, have recorded slight drops in terms of volume, of 1% in the case of tomatoes and of 4% in the case of lettuce, totaling 427,724 tons and 429,549 tons, respectively. In terms of value, there were increases of 2% in the case of tomatoes, totaling 486 million Euro, and of 11% in the case of lettuce, with 400 million Euro.
The export of fruits has grown by 13% in terms of volume, totaling 2.4 million tons, while the value has stabilized (-0.3%), amounting to 2,585 million Euro. The most remarkable is the good performance of strawberries, with 221,544 tons (+15.5%) and 473 million Euro (+10%), as well as of other red fruits, such as raspberries, with 35,299 tons (+49%) and 215 million Euro (+12%), and blueberries, with 24,227 tons (+41%) and 134 million Euro (+ 9%). Also noteworthy is the good performance if watermelons, with 54% more in terms of volume and a 32% increase in terms of value, totaling 45,217 tons and 30 million Euro (+32%).
The recovery achieved by vegetables has been carried out over the four months. In January, vegetable sales stood at 701,976 tons (+7%) worth 781 million Euro (+13%); in February, they amounted to 648,985 tons (+7%) worth 708 million Euro (+14%); in March, they stood at 684,689 tons (+2.5%) worth 705 million Euro (+9%) and in April, they totaled 573,212 tons (+3%) worth 590 million Euro (+11%).