According to the latest data updated by the General Directorate of Customs and Special Taxes, between January and September 2019, Spanish exports of fresh fruits and vegetables to non-European countries stood at 455,485 tons and 458 million euro, i.e. 38% more in volume and 31% more in value over the same period of the previous year.
Brazil was the first non-European destination for Spanish fruit and vegetable exports during that period, with 83,040 tons, 72% more than in the same period last year and 76 million euro (+62%). The products that have grown the most in vegetables were onion and garlic; in fruits, the products that grew the most were orange and stone fruits, especially plum with 12,230 tons (+32%).
The second non-European destination for Spanish exports was Canada, with 49,966 tons (+18%) worth 50.5 million euro, (+7%). Fruit exports accounted for the bulk of shipments, especially Citrus fruits and plums, with 2,055 tons. In vegetables, the strong rise in cabbages with 3,417 tons (+142%) and pepper with 2,284 tons (+446%) can be highlighted.
During the analyzed period, exports to other non-European countries such as Saudi Arabia have also grown with 48,625 tons (+46%) and 44 million euro (+26%), while exports to the United Arab Emirates stood at 37,134 tons (+18%) and 39 million euro (+8%).
According to FEPEX, although the participation of non-European countries continues to be small among the Spanish sector's destinations and only account for 5% of total exports (which amounted to 9.8 million tons and 9,961 million euros in the period analyzed), there has been an improvement in them. In addition, sales to markets, such as Brazil or Canada, are starting to consolidate driven, in the latter case, by the Global Economic and Commercial Agreement with the EU that entered into force provisionally on September 21, 2017 and that eliminated the duties applied to 98% of the products that the EU exchanges with Canada, including fruits and vegetables.