According to the Bilateral Report on Agro-food Trade between Spain and the United Kingdom, released by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), agro-food exports from Spain to the United Kingdom in 2018 have broken a new record in terms of both value and volume. The 3.01 million tons of Spanish agro-food products that arrived to the British market last year reached a value of 4,076 million Euro, representing a growth of 2.7% and 2.1%, respectively, compared to 2017 (2.93 million tons and 3,993 million Euro).
Spain is in fifth place in the ranking of the UK's largest EU suppliers of food and beverage imports, behind the Netherlands (18% share), Ireland (14%), Germany (13%) and France (13%). According to the report, 9% of the country's agro-food imports come from Spain. The coverage rate of the British agro-food sector is 45%.
In 2013, the value of Spanish agro-food shipments to the United Kingdom exceeded the 3,000 million Euro for the first time (2.57 million tons worth 3,178 million Euro).
The Ministry points out in the report that, "despite the continued growth of Spanish exports to the United Kingdom, there has been some slowdown since 2016," a year in which the volume dropped to 2.89 million tons worth 3,993 million Euro.
Fruits and vegetables
The main agro-food products sold by Spain to the United Kingdom last year were fruits (1,036.19 million Euro), vegetables and legumes (907.93 million), drinks (442.27 million), vegetable preparations (296.02 million) and food preparations (198.98 million).
Berries, kiwifruit and kakis (311.92 million Euro; 97% more than in 2013) were at the top of the ten groups of Spanish products that were most exported to the British market in 2018.
The third place corresponded to citrus fruits (288.49 million Euro) and the fourth to fresh or refrigerated vegetables, including asparagus, eggplant, peppers and olives (230.86 million). Cabbage and cauliflower exports were worth 143.55 million Euro; grapes and raisins accounted for 136.21 million; fresh and chilled tomatoes for 121.53 million; apricots, cherries, peaches and plums for 121.48 million, and lettuce and chicory for 120.17 million Euro.