During the first half of 2022, EU imports of fruit and vegetables from Morocco increased by 9% in volume, amounting to 1,021,743 tons, and by 21% in value, which rose to 1,563 million euros.
Spanish imports from Morocco also grew by 6% in volume, amounting to 368,946 tons and 15% in value, totaling 654 million euros. "The growth is observed in a wide group of products that fully coincide with the Spanish campaigns, such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, and zucchini in vegetables and raspberries, blueberries, watermelons, and avocados in fruits," FEPEX said in a statement.
Moroccan exports to the United Kingdom in the first half of the year grew by 10% to 179,074 tons. Moroccan tomato exports to the UK grew sharply (+15%), totaling 74,519 tons, displacing the Spanish sector as the main supplier, and its berry exports totaled 27,851 tons (+33%).
According to FEPEX, the increase in Morocco's exports in a period in which Spanish exports fell by 5.4% highlights the urgency of implementing a policy to improve the Spanish sector's competitiveness, which requires urgent measures in different areas, mainly in the field of innovative and phytosanitary investments.