As announced at the latest meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Working Group, made up of heads of the administrations involved in the opening of new markets (Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade and Ministry of Agriculture), as well as representatives of the associations, the negotiations to open the US market to Spanish peppers from all regions will begin shortly. At the moment, only the provinces of Almería and Alicante and certain municipalities of Granada are allowed to export.
In 2019, the value of Spanish fruit and vegetable exports to the United States stood at 68.3 million Euro, 36% more than in 2018. Vegetable exports were worth 54.8 million Euro, while fruit shipments generated 13.4 million Euro. Regarding the export of peppers, their value in 2019 stood at 5.7 million Euro, compared to 3.1 million Euro in 2018 (+83%), according to data from the Department of Customs and Special Taxes processed by FEPEX.
Spain is currently working with 17 countries to open new markets for its peppers, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United States, Chile, India, China, Japan, South Africa and Thailand. In total, there are more than 35 open files for products such as peaches, plums , apples, pears, strawberries, cherries, citrus fruits, kakis, garlic, onions and tomatoes.