EU imports of non-EU citrus fruits until August fell by 8.9%

The latest report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA) on the reinforced monitoring of citrus imports by the EU shows that the Community imported 1.27 million tons of oranges, mandarins, grapefruits, and lemons from third countries between January and August of this year, i.e. 8.9% less than in the same period of last year.

South Africa was the main supplier in this period, with 429,920 tons until August, i.e. 12.4% less than in the first eight months of 2020.

It was followed by Egypt, with 335,111 tons (+ 20.8%), Turkey with 125,649 tons (-6%), Morocco with 122,062 tons (-14.6%), Argentina with 73,234 tons (-40.9 %), and Israel with 65,814 tons (-11.1%).

According to MAPA, up to October, the EU imported 901,797 tons of oranges, i.e. 1.9% less than in the first ten months of 2020. The leading suppliers were South Africa with 416,192 tons (-6.9%), Egypt with 307,834 tons (+ 21.9%), and Morocco with 46,196 tons (-37.5%).

Between September 2020 and August 2021, the EU received a total of 1.93 million tons of citrus from third countries, i.e. 8.8% less than in the previous twelve months.

South Africa was the largest non-EU supplier with 721,705 tons, i.e. 9.5% less than in the previous twelve months. It was followed by Egypt with 342,670 tons, (+ 21.5%), Turkey with 249,311 tons (-1.4%), Morocco with 158,361 tons (-22.2%), Argentina with 78,420 tons (-50.5%), and Israel with 77,542 tons (-5.8%).

The full report is available here.



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