Spanish tomato exports have been falling almost steadily since 2013. In fact, when compared to that campaign, exports in 2019 decreased by 25.26%. According to data from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency), in 2019 Germany bought 8.59% less tomatoes than in 2018 and 15.3% less than in 2013. Sales to France decreased by 11.46% compared to 2018 and by 31.78% compared to 2013. Tomato purchases from the United Kingdom fell by 8.6% over 2018 and by 33.56% compared to 2013. Last year, the Netherlands imported 17.81% less than in 2018 and 37.69% less than in 2013.
In 2019 Spain exported 767.37 million kilos of tomato, i.e. 45.84 million kilos less than in 2018, for a price that is 5.17% higher than the one achieved in the previous year, at an average price of € 1.201/kg.
As prices increased from € 1.142 / kg in 2018 to € 1.201 / kg in 2019, the total value of Spanish tomato exports in 2019 amounted to 928.67 million euro, i.e. only 0.75% less than the 921.65 million achieved in 2018.
Germany not only bought the biggest volume but also paid them at € 1.364 / kg, i.e. 13.57% more than the average and the best price among the 5 largest buyers.
Germany purchased 179.29 million kilos of Spanish tomatoes, i.e. 23.36% of what Spain exported in 2019, for 244.6 million euro and an average price of € 1.364/kg.
It was followed by France with 112.56 million kilos worth 121.89 million euro, and an average price of € 1.083/kg.
The United Kingdom was the third biggest destination. Last year the UK purchased a total of 102.5 million kilos for 116.97 million euro and an average price of € 1.141/kg.
It was followed by the Netherlands with 84.57 million kilos worth 97.7 million euro and an average price of € 1.155/kg. 161 companies sold tomato to the Netherlands last year.
Poland was the fifth largest customer for Spanish tomato in 2019 with 65.92 million kilos worth 68.38 million euro and an average price of €1.037/kg.