In April 2020, less (-15%) fresh fruit and vegetables were imported in Norway than in April 2019. It was also less compared to April 2018 (-11%). The big difference compared to last year is partly explained by the fact that many onions were imported at the beginning of 2019, but even without onions the difference was still large (-10%).
In April almost exclusively downward trends for important import products
Products that were less imported in April this year were: bananas (-7%), apples (-30%), tomatoes (-7%), mandarins (-11%), grapes (-13%), cauliflower (-6 %) and peppers (-6%). Among the
more important products, oranges were an exception. Norwegian imports of oranges remained stable in April.
Imports from the main supplier Spain were 5% smaller in April, but the decline was even greater in a number of other countries: Costa Rica (-28%) Italy (-20%), the Netherlands (-9%), South Africa
(via the Netherlands: - 15%) and Israel (-26%). Among the major suppliers, only Ecuador (bananas) and Morocco showed a plus.
Fewer apples and pears and especially fewer onions
Over the first four months of the year, Norway imported 8% less fresh fruit and vegetables than in the same period last year. Compared to the first four months in 2018, it was also less, but the difference was not too bad.
Less was imported of all the important import products during that period, but the difference was greatest for apples (-13%), pears (-19%) and especially onions (-86%).
The decline over the first four months wasn't as bad as for Spain (-2%), but large minuses were seen in Costa Rica (via the Netherlands, -22%), Italy (-9%), the Netherlands (-8 %), South Africa (via Netherlands, -6%), Poland (-16%) and Israel (-29%).
Fewer Dutch onions and pears
The big negative for the Netherlands is mainly because there were considerably fewer Dutch onions going to Norway at the beginning of this year than at the beginning of last year. Furthermore, there were also much less Dutch pears sold in Norway. Imports of Belgian pears also fell sharply.
The import of Dutch tomatoes in Norway did well at the beginning of this year. This also applies to Dutch leeks.