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Spain imports 46% of its vegetables and 20% of its fruits from Morocco

According to the DBK Sector Observatory of INFORMA (Cesce subsidiary), in 2022, Spanish fruit and vegetable imports increased by 12.8%, reaching 3,523 million. 20% of the fruits and 46% of the vegetables imported came from Morocco.

There is a high number of small and medium producers in the sector, although there is a growing trend towards integration and association in producer organizations and marketers. There is a greater degree of concentration in the field of specialized wholesale marketing.

The total joint turnover of the top twenty operators exceeded 6,000 million euro in 2021, while the top thirty already invoiced close to 7,600 million.

New export record
Meanwhile, the fruit and vegetable sector reaches another new export record. Despite the increase in prices, the value of fruit and vegetable production fell by 2.4% in 2022 to 20,645 million euro as a result of a significant drop in production volume due to adverse weather events.

In this context, the growth of fruit and vegetable exports slowed down in 2022, increasing by only 1.5%, compared to 7.5% the previous year, standing at 15,834 million euro. However, Spanish fruit and vegetable sales abroad have not stopped growing since 2014, accumulating an increase of close to 50% since then.

The value of fruit exports fell by 2.7%, totaling 8,885 million euro, while the value of vegetable exports increased by 7.5% amounting to 6,949 million euro.

The European Union (EU) is the main destination for Spanish exports, as it accounts for 81% and 79% of fruit and vegetable sales abroad, respectively. By countries, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom are the main destination countries in both segments, collectively accounting for nearly 60% of the value of the exported goods.



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