Spain: Tomato export increased with 9.5% because of expanded European market

According to figures from FEPEX, the Spanish tomato export in the first half of 2013 grew by 9.5% compared to the same period of the previous year, with a total of 640,960 tons. This is because the market of Europe and the countries of the European continent have grown, especially Russia and Belarus. This while exports to countries outside Europe was minimal (244 tons, 0.04% of total exports), due to the import tax and phytosanitary protocols.

Of the 640,960 tons, 602 425 tons went to the EU, which is 94% of the total, an increase of 7% compared to the same period of the previous year. In the EU, Germany is the largest market with 132,888 tons, which is 11% more than in the first half of 2012. France follows with 95,471 tons (+5%) and the United Kingdom with 87,781 tons (+3%).

According FEPEX, Russia (with an intake of 24,059 tons) is the largest export destination for Spain outside the EU. This is double the volume compared to the same period in 2012. Exports to Belarus increased to 5,622 tons compared to 543 tons in the same period of the previous year.

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