Romania's statistics on fruit and vegetable imports and exports have raised some concerns, as the country is paying more for imports each year, while the revenue generated from exports doesn't show any spectacular growth. In 2018 alone, the country imported more than four times more vegetables and more than nine times more fruits than it exported.
Thus, in 2018, Romania imported 680,000 tons of vegetables worth 424.4 million Euro, and it exported more than four times less in terms of value; that is, 116,700 tons worth 97.2 million Euro.
The main countries from which Romania imported vegetables are Turkey, which supplied almost 90,000 tons of vegetables worth eighty million Euro last year; Poland, from where 128,000 tons of vegetables were imported (worth 48.5 million Euro), and the Netherlands (73,800 tons worth 46.3 million Euro), according to data provided by the INS, at the request of wall-street.ro.
The country also imports vegetables from Germany (46 million Euro), Italy (29 million Euro) and Spain (28 million Euro).
It may seem strange, but Romania imports products from this category from Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan or Kosovo.
When it comes to fruit, last year, Romania imported 855,000 tons worth 639 million Euro and it exported more than nine times less in terms of value: 35,000 tons worth 66.32 million Euro.
The main country from which Romania imported fruits is Greece, which supplied over 205,000 tons worth 117.2 million Euro. Next in the ranking are Turkey (101,000 tons worth 75.2 million Euro) and Germany (62,500 tons worth 70.4 million Euro)
The country also usually consumes fruit from Poland every year (114,000 tons worth 65.8 million Euro), as well as from Italy (43.9 million Euro) and Spain (19.3 million Euro).
In 2018, Romania exported nine times less fruit than it imported. It still shipped 35,000 tons with a total value of 66.3 million Euro.
We export fruits mainly to Italy and Germany. Italy received fruit worth 14.8 million Euro last year, and in Germany the volume totaled 11.5 million euros.
Other countries to which Romanian fruits go are the Netherlands (5.42 million Euro) and the UK (3.28 million Euro).