In 2019, the Spanish import of fruits and vegetables from Portugal grew by 16% in terms of volume and by 6% in terms of value compared to 2018, totaling 304,001 tons and 190 million Euro, respectively, according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes. This has turned Portugal into the third largest supplier in the Spanish market.
The growth of Portuguese fruit and vegetable imports has been mostly influenced by vegetables, with an increase of 52% compared to 2018 and a total of 160,854 tons. The most noteworthy products are tomatoes, with 67,804 tons and a 44% growth, and potatoes, with 44,998 tons and a 119% increase.
When it comes to fruits, Spain imported a total of 143,147 tons from Portugal; 9% less than in 2018. The largest volumes corresponded to oranges, with 36,364 tons, and apples, with 32,427 tons. Other noteworthy products are kiwis, raspberries or avocados.
Portugal has established itself as the third largest supplier of fruit and vegetables in the Spanish market, with a positive development in recent years and a 28% growth in the last five-year period.
Meanwhile, the Spanish export of fruit and vegetables to Portugal amounted to 690,986 tons worth 456 million Euro, with volumes similar to those of the previous season and a trend towards stability in the last three years. Spanish exports to Portugal are characterized by a great diversification in both fruits and vegetables.
For FEPEX, the development of imports from Portugal is a result of this country's bet on the fruit and vegetable sector and its orientation to foreign markets.