In the period between January and August 2019, the value of Spain's fruit and vegetable imports from the EU has increased by 22% compared to the same period of 2018, standing at 659.5 million Euro. Imports from the biggest suppliers, such as France or the Netherlands, have grown, but there are also new actors, such as Portugal and Poland, according to data from the Customs and Special Taxes Department.
Specifically, Spanish fruit and vegetable imports from France in the first eight months of the year have grown by 24% in terms of value compared to the same period of 2018, standing at 222 million Euro. Those from the Netherlands amounted to 121 million Euro (+39%) and those from Italy stood at 87 million Euro (+25%). The import from Portugal also stands out, with 107 million Euro (+7%).
However, the total volume of Spanish imports from the EU has fallen by 4%, standing at 1 million tons, mainly due to the decline in the purchases from France, with a total of 526,997 tons imported (-14%) and Belgium, with 66,000 tons (-13%).
Fruit and vegetable import statistics show the strength of the internal market, highlighting the growth of the main EU suppliers, but also the consolidation of new actors, such as Portugal or Poland. Thus, purchases from Portugal have registered an upward trend, going in the last five years from 67 million Euro to 107 million Euro in 2019; a 60% growth. Poland, although with lower volumes and values, has also grown strongly, from 2.4 million Euro in 2015 to 11.7 million Euro in 2019 (+387%).
As for non-EU imports between January and August, they amounted to one million tons; 5% less than in the same period of 2018. The value of those shipments stood at 1,259 million Euro; 2% less. Morocco consolidates as the main non-EU supplier of fruits and vegetables with 316,166 tons (+2%) and 493 million Euro (-3%).