Moroccan tomato exports to the UK surpass Spanish exports to that market

British imports of Moroccan tomatoes increase by 33.7% between January and November while Spanish imports fell by 24.1%
According to COMTRADE data processed by Hortoinfo, between January and November 2021, the UK purchased 24.14% fewer tomatoes from Spain than in the same period of the previous year. In that same period of time, the UK increased its tomato purchases from Morocco by 33.68%.

Between January 1 and November 30, 2020, British importers bought a total of 79.1 million kilos of tomatoes from Spanish marketers, a figure that fell to 60 million kilos in the same period of 2021.

In those months of 2020, the United Kingdom bought a total of 72.81 million kilos of tomatoes from Morocco, which increased to 97.33 million kilos in the same period of 2021.

Dutch tomato sales to the British market fell by 18.62%, going from 142.8 million tons between January and November 2020 to 116.2 million tons in the same months of 2021. However, the Netherlands continues to be the UK's leading tomato supplier.

The Netherlands, Morocco, and Spain provide the United Kingdom with 91.36% of the tomato it imports. The data also shows that Morocco overtook Spain and it is now the UK's second-biggest supplier of tomatoes.


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