In the month of April, Spanish fruit and vegetable exports registered an interannual growth of 13.5%, totaling 1,509 million Euro and therefore maintaining a positive development, despite the pandemic. The volume fell by a slight 2%, down to 1.1 million tons, according to the latest data from by the General Directorate of Customs, processed by FEPEX.
As for the export of fruits, in April their volume increased by 4% compared to the same month of the previous year, reaching 633,437 tons, while their value increased by 17%, totaling 862.5 million Euro. Worthy of note are the figures achieved by watermelons, with 65,291 tons (+62%) and stone fruit (whose campaign started in that month), with 11,821 tons in the case of nectarines (+151%) and 6,874 tons in that of peaches (+15%).
Meanwhile, strawberry shipments abroad fell by 13% in terms of volume and by 17% in terms of value, standing at 82,396 tons and 140 million Euro. This is a consequence of the sharp decline in the demand for this fruit because of COVID-19.
The export of vegetables in April fell by 9% compared to the same month last year, totaling 521,326 tons, while their value grew by 10%, reaching 647 million Euro. The most exported products in that month were lettuce, with 101,120 tons worth 95 million Euro; tomatoes, with 67,445 tons worth 91 million Euro, and cabbage, with 64,407 tons and 96 million Euro.
From January to April, Spanish fruit and vegetable exports amounted to 5 million tons, 1.4% more than in the first four months of 2019. The value of those shipments stood at 6,038 million Euro (+12%), with 2.6 million tons and 2,985 million Euro corresponding to vegetables and 2.4 million tons and 3,053 million Euro to fruit.
The data for April show a positive development of the sector as a whole in the midst of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, continuing the growth achieved in March, when this health crisis started. The slight 2% reduction in the volume, attributable to vegetables, is largely due to the diversion of the production to the domestic market, where consumption grew by 44% for all vegetables, according to MAPA data.