Andalusian fruit and vegetable exports broke a new record, as they exceeded 3,300 million Euro in the first five months of the year for the first time since there are official data (1995). Thus, in the period January-May 2019, the Andalusian fruit and vegetable sector's international sales totaled 3,371 million Euro, an increase of 9.4% over the same period of the previous year, according to data from Extenda-Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion.
Andalusia remains the leading Spanish region when it comes to fruit and vegetable exports, accounting for almost half of the country's total sales (45%), and is the fastest growing out of the four biggest exporters, ahead of the Region of Valencia (+ 0.7%), Murcia (-1.1%) and Catalonia (+ 6.6%), and more than four points above the national growth in this period (+5.1%).
Moreover, Andalusia accumulates a commercial surplus of 2,938 million Euro, accounting for 54% of the national total (5,478 million), and records a coverage ratio of 778%, more than 400 points higher than the national one (369%), which means that exports are seven times greater than imports.
These figures confirm the positive trend that the sector has experienced in the last decade, during which exports have doubled, growing by 98%, from 2,718 million in 2009 to 5,385 million in 2018.
The province of Almería is the leading Andalusian fruit and vegetable exporter. It accounts for almost half of the region's sales (48%), totaling 1,618 million Euro, which represents a growth of 11.1% compared to the same period of the previous year.
Europe is the main destination for Andalusian fruit and vegetables, with the top ten markets belonging to this continent. At the top is Germany, the number one destination for fruit and vegetable exports in the first five months of 2019, with 952 million, a 28.2% share and an increase of 8.5%.
In second place is France, with 494 million, a 14.7% share and an increase of 5.3%; followed by the United Kingdom, with 487 million, 14.5% and an increase of 4.1%; The Netherlands, with 385 million, 11.4%, and a 10% rise; Italy, with 198 million, 5.9% and up 27.7%; and Poland, with 143 million, 4.2% and an increase of 24.1%.
The seventh position is for Portugal, with 94 million, 2.8% and a 1.4% increase; followed by Belgium, with 86 million, 2.6% of the total; Sweden, with 67 million, 2% and a 3.7% increase; and Switzerland, with 65 million, 1.9% and an increase of 21.7%.