In September 2019, 24,690 tons of bananas were shipped from the Canary Islands, while banana imports, mainly from Africa and Latin America, amounted to 28,055 tons. Since re-exports stood at 6,545 tons, Spanish consumers had access to about 46,199 tons of bananas. With these figures, the market share of imported bananas in September ranged from a minimum of 47% to a maximum of 61% of the supply available in Spain.
The main suppliers of imported bananas in September were Costa Rica, with 9,421 tons, Cote d'Ivoire, with 6,497 tons, and Colombia, with 6,231 tons. Together, these three countries accounted for 79% of the total volume.
So far in 2019, banana shipments from the Canary Islands have reached almost 277,865 tons, while those of imported bananas amount to 252,473 tons and re-exports to 70,822 tons; therefore, the total available supply has stood at 459,516 tons, 1,667 more than in the same period of 2018. The cumulative market share of imported bananas has ranged from a minimum of 40% to a maximum of 55% of the supply available in Spain.
The main suppliers of imported bananas so far this year have been Costa Rica, with 78,513 tons, Colombia, with 66,884, and Cote d'Ivoire, with 43,963. These three countries account for 75% of the total volume.
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